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Some common mistakes that people make when they start out stretching: Holding your breath. This causes muscles to tense up and become difficult to stretch. Breathe deeply using the belly breathing technique to relax muscles and increase circulation Forgetting to warm up. Walker likens this to stretching old, dry rubber bands. They don’t stretch very far and may snap. Take five minutes to warm up your muscles Stretching an injury. If injured, there should not be any stretching done for the first 72 hours Stretching to the point of pain. When we stretch too hard, our muscles employ a built-in safety reflex. They naturally contract to get away and protect the body from the pain Not holding the stretch long enough. Holding the position for just a few seconds may feel like a stretch, but it isn’t long enough for the muscle to relax and lengthen
Stretching for Seniors
It’s never too late to get yourself active!
Stretching is an important part of maintaining our body and general well-being as we progress into our later years of life. A regular stretching routine can be done anywhere and at any time of the day. Stretching before and after exercise and strenuous activity is a no-brainer. One of the goals in putting together this book of stretches was to provide a resource for older adults. The stretches in each chapter can be mixed and matched to fit your personal fitness goal and individual needs.
Allows for greater movement in joints Improves posture Helps to release muscle tension and soreness Reduces the risk of injury Reduces overall stress in the body Creates more efficient joint movement which makes movements require less energy
Stretching Exercises for Seniors: Simple Movements to Improve Posture, Decrease Back Pain, and Prevent Injury After 60 (Strength Training for Seniors)
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