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Flexibility leads to a muscle that has more give and more give leads to a greater range of motion at a specific joint. When a joint has a healthier range of motion, it gives more and supports more. Therefore, a healthy balance of flexibility and strength may/can support your bones in a healthier way and helps to prevent injury. Meaning, for those who love exercise, if you want to continue to exercise into your older years, you better start or keep stretching. Stretching is like a bank account. You are making deposits every time you stretch building on your health investment for the future (pretty impressive analogy, eh? Kathi Cameron is on FIRE!).
There are some tips to consider for maximum benefits....
1. Be sure that your body is warm before stretching. Stretch after a bath or shower or take a walk around the block. You can even walk in place while watching your favorite show for about 5 - 10 minutes (just close the curtain or the neighbours may think you've finally cracked).
2. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and then after a quick break do it again. Research suggests (unless there is something new out there) that by holding for 30 seconds you are influencing muscle length (flexibility).
3. To start, choose a few stretches and add more as you start getting into it. Start with a hamstring stretch (see pic below) and a hip flexor/quadriceps stretch (see pic below). For low back, add a back stretch (see pic).
|Hip Flexor / Quadriceps Stretch|
|Single knee to chest "Low Back" stretch|
That's all I got. Have a wonderful weekend, go out with friends, eat something fun, have some wine, and toast your fabulousness (I know...too Sex and the City...but whatever...it's my blog.)