Stretch It Like This

Stop reading this, take a moment, and stretch your arms over your head, reach for the sky, slowly look up and hold for 20 seconds. Now say “Ahhhhh.” That felt good didn’t it? This is where you say “Yes! Thanks for the tip.”

Without even knowing your age, we knew you would enjoy a time-out stretch. That’s because stretching is good for all ages.

Seniors reap the benefits since flexibility tends to diminish as we age. Because stretching improves flexibility, seniors are better able to move more freely and perform daily activities.1

Tips for better stretching

Proper technique is important to reduce risk of injury. Enjoy these tips thanks to The National Institute on Aging at NIH

  • Warm up before stretching.
  • Hold stretches for about 30 seconds.
  • You should not feel pain while stretching. If you do, release the stretch.
  • Remember to breathe. Exhale while going into the stretch; hold the stretch as you inhale.

Avoid stretching if you have a muscle strain, fractured bones, joint sprains, have had hip or back surgery.

Before starting a stretching regimen, be sure to talk to your doctor or physical therapist. They can guide you to safe ways to stretch.

We are more likely to start something if we have a plan. To incorporate a habit of stretching, consider printing different stretching poses. You can find some here:

PDF: Stretching Exercises: http://myhss.org/downloads/wellness/MMFB_ExerciseBandRoutine.pdf

PNG: Stretching Exercises: https://nychandball.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/whole-body-stretching-routine.png

For Seniors:

Article: Improve Your Flexibility from the National Institute on Aging at NIH: https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/exercises/flexibility

PDF: Exercises for older people: https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Documents/NHS_ExercisesForOlderPeople.pdf

 

All content and information are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner.

Before starting any diet or exercise regimen, check with your physician to see what’s best for you.

  1. Article: Improve Your Flexibility from the National Institute on Aging at NIH https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/exercises/flexibility
2 Comments
  • Betty Busey
    Posted at 22:37h, 14 May

    I actually reached for the sky and looked up for about 20 seconds lol

  • Myrna Heins
    Posted at 17:22h, 07 August

    Thanks for the information