Stretching flexibility is important in your older age. If you don't use it you will lose it. If you don't stretch and stay flexible you will lose this ability. I am learning this too well now that I am 40 plus. When I was younger I was very flexible and took it for granted. Now that I am in my 40's I am feeling the aches and pains of aging. I am commented to regain my flexibility and have provided stretching exercises that you too can do to regain your flexibility. Let's do it together.
Warm up: It is important to warm up before doing any type of exercise but with stretching you are warming up and stretching at the same time so this is even better.
Start with neck rolls-With head facing forward bow your head and roll to the right bringing your head up and back and to the left and back to the front. Repeat going to the left (You have just completed 1 set) Repeat 3 sets. This will relieve tension that we build up in our neck.
Hug yourself-that's right give yourself a great big hug with left arm over the right. Now extend your left arm and twist to the right applying pressure with your right hand. Come back to the hug position and cross arms over with right arm over left and twist to the left.
Standing with feet shoulder width apart- Raise your hands high to great the Gods for a count of 60 (Really get a good stretch here.) Bend down and say hi to your toes. Try to touch your toes and stay there for a count of 60. Don't force it! Your stretching flexibility will improve. (Instead of coming back up to standing position, sit down on the floor to go into the floor exercise.)
Soles of feet together-This is a great way to open your hips which is the first thing that starts to lose its stretching flexibility. While in this position take it slow and let gravity do its thing. No bouncing please! Just take deep breaths and try to work your way up to 60 seconds.
Front leg extension-Extend feet and legs out in front of you with arms extended out over your legs try to touch your toes for a count of 60.
Open leg stretches-Open legs as far apart as you can and stretch to the left touching your toes. Repeat on the right side. (3 sets counting to 60 each.)
Spine stretch-Lay flat on your back and extend your arms over your head and take a long stretch. Now make an angel in the snow with your arms and legs. Great job!
Work your way up to more challenging stretches. The key is to move so you don't lose your flexibility. I find that the more I stretch the better the circulation is in my legs too.
Tips & Warnings
- Take it slow!
- Consistency is key
- Get your children involved. Have them stretch with you.
- Take it slow and don't over do it.
- If you feel pain stop.
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