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  • Writer's pictureCarole Hadlock

"The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence."

~ The Benefits of Stretching Exercises for Seniors ~

- Stretching exercises relieve joint stiffness and muscle tension

- Stretching can be done without any equipment and minimal space

- Stretching can be done on the floor or in a chair

- Stretching improves flexibility, increased circulation and blood flow

1. Stretching reduces low back pain and arthritis

The causes of lower back pain in older adults is commonly a result of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by the gradual degeneration of cartilage between the facet joints and effects 33.6% (12.4 million) of adults 65 and older. Although Osteoarthritis can't be avoided as some of us age, the pain can be managed by stretching exercises.

2. Stretching reduces the risk of falling

The risk of falling is also a major concern for Seniors. Studies show daily stretching is paramount for balance and stability helping prevent against falls. Improving flexibility is important in the prevention of falling in older adults.

3. Stretching helps improve poor posture

"As we age, our body’s water content in connective tissue, such as ligaments and tendons, decreases, resulting in reduced elasticity and flexibility. " Improving flexibility is simple with a daily stretching routine that helps " loosen tight ligaments, tendons, and muscles to give you a greater range of motion. "

4. Stretching increases blood flow and energy levels

There are 2 types of stretching that increases the blood flow and energy levels:

Dynamic stretching - Low-intensity form of stretching that utilizes movement to stretch your muscles. "Along with lengthening your muscles, dynamic stretches will also increase circulation and nutrient flow throughout the body. "

Examples of dynamic stretches are:

  • Arm swings

  • Shoulder circles

  • Lunges

  • Leg swings

  • Half squats

Static Stretching- Stretching while your body is devoid of motion.

Additional Senior Exercises

There are additional exercises that will support in healthy aging.

  • Pilates

  • Water therapy

  • Yoga

  • Walking

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