Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities with ease. To get out of bed, lift children, or play our favorite sports we need flexibility.
When we age flexibility tends to deteriorate, and our muscles and joints become stiff. In turn we think we cannot move well and blame it on getting old!
But all this can change! Stretching your body on a regular basis can improve your flexibility. Simple stretches can give you more range of motion and help prevent the chance of experiencing occasional and chronic pain.
Here a few stretches to get you started:
- Stand tall reach for the ceiling with both arms then fold at the hips and reach for your toes keeping knees soft. Let you head and neck and shoulders release look at your knees. Hold for 20 seconds.
- Lay on your back, keep head and shoulders on the floor, bring one one to chest then repeat with other leg. Hold for 20 seconds.
- Hands and knees on floor, slowly sit back on heals, go as far as your knees will allow. (Childs pose) Hold for 20 seconds as illustrated below.
Stretching will enhance your quality of life, so get started today!