Stretch it Out

As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints can be minimized. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day motion. Tasks that used to be simple are now more difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily activities easier.

Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. It does not have to involve a big time commitment, but stretching can end up giving you huge results! Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from stretching on a regular basis:

• Reduced muscle tension
• Increased range of movement in the joints
• Enhanced muscular coordination
• Increased circulation of the blood
• Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)

Stretching is important for people of all ages! One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs. Post-exercise stretching can also aid in workout recovery, decrease soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle sport and exercise, and it’s less likely they’ll become injured.
Be kind to your muscles and they will be kind to you!

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