It is an fact we cannot deny that our flexibility will slowly diminish when we get older.
I know a lot of things I could do easier years ago than I can do now. I guess you have to same experience.
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Why Seniors Should Stretch
Over time, the range of motion decreases in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, ankles, and wrists. In other words, as you get older you lose range of motion in just about every movement you make.
This loss can affect a wide variety of everyday functions, such as tying your shoes, reaching for something on the top shelf, or turning around in your car to back out of the driveway.
Stretching can help
Stretching, however, is a simple and powerful weapon to help you fight the debilitating effect of the passing years.
Research has proven that stretching can significantly improve flexibility in the older adult, which means that you don’t have to give in to the increasing rust in your joints.
Regular stretching is without a doubt one of the most important things you can do to keep your body functioning as smoothly as possible. Stretching can’t turn back the clock, but it can slow it down considerably.
How seniors can stretch even with physical limitations
There are a few back and shoulder stretches that are specifically designed for everyone. Even someone with limitations due to age or an injury.
Follow these steps:
- Stand behind a chair with your hands on the top of the chair.
- Walk backwards until your arms are straight and your knees are slightly bend.
- Inhale and exhale, while you let your check sink towards the floor until you feel the stretching in your shoulders and back.
- Hold this for a few deep breaths or as long as you are comfortable.
- Walk back towards the chair, slowly rounding your back until you are back upright.
- Rest a while and repeat this.
More tips for this exercise
While stretching keep your shoulder blades down and your upper body relaxed. Keep your back straight, not rounded.
Remember not to bounce or force the stretch; keep it gentle and slowly progress into a deeper stretch.
A video that shows stretching.
Sometimes a video can explain thing a lot better than I can. I found a video about the subject that is not the exact same but a similar exercise.
I hope that this short article about stretching exercise for seniors helped you. It is hard to get started, but I found that once you get going it feels pretty good.