Why Stretching Is Essential for Seniors

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As we age, it’s no secret that we become less flexible and that exercise becomes tougher on our joints. That’s why experts say it’s so important for seniors to do stretching exercises as part of their regular workout routines.

For starters, stretching can help reduce the risk of becoming injured during exercise, and it can also help ease the strain on the muscles. Stretching your major muscle groups will keep you limber, flexible, and in better shape overall.

The Best Stretches for Seniors

According to Healthline, some ideal stretches for seniors include:

  • Neck Stretches
  • Shoulder and Upper Arm Stretches
  • Chest Stretches
  • Ankle Stretches
  • Quadricep Stretches
  • Hamstring Stretches
  • Hip Stretches
  • Lower Back Stretches

In addition to the many benefits it provides, stretches are an easy way to squeeze physical activity into your day, even if you’re short on time. Not to mention, stretching exercises are ideal to do in the privacy of your own home.

Do you do stretch before or after workouts? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Check out our other articles on Council of Seniors 365 for more advice on leading a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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