Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Benefits of Stretching for people of All Ages

Stretching exercise have always been overlooked and underrated. Yet what most of us don't realize is how essential it is as part of any exercise routine or rehabilitation program. Stretching helps warm the body up and prepares the muscles for any physical activity. By deliberately lengthening the muscles, it increases flexibility and joint range of motion, thereby decreasing the risk of injury and muscle soreness.

Stretching is beneficial and this been proven in numerous studies. Just because you are still young and agile doesn't mean you can skip it; the same goes if you think you're too old and slow to do it. Stretching is for people of all ages, with physical benefits for both the old and the young:

Good Posting. Since frequent stretching prevents your muscle from being tight, maintaining a good posture won't be difficult. Good posture also alleviates pains and discomfort as you get older.
Flexibility. Stretching increases muscle flexibility. Thus, everyday task like lifting and bending become easier and less tiring. And since flexibility diminishes as you get older, the sooner you start stretching, the better.

Improved blood circulation.  Muscles need substance. Stretching allows blood, which provides nourishment, to circulate more efficient through the muscles.
Stress relief. Stretching relaxes tight, tense muscles that often accompany stress.
Enhanced coordination. Maintaining the full range-of-motion through your joints keeps you in better balance. Coordination and balance help keep you mobile and less prone to injury from falls, especially as you get older.

Try these stretching exercises that you can perform to enhance flexibility and coordination. These routines are also helpful in warming up your muscle and loosening your joints before engaging them in any strenuous physical activity.

Stand upright
Step your right foot forward.
Slowly bend your right knee while your left leg straight.
Keep on bending your right knee until you feel the stretch on top of the thigh and on the hamstring.
Go back to starting position.
Repeat the exercise five times on each leg.

Place your hand on your upper back with your elbow pointing towards the ceiling.
With your hand, pull the elbow towards you head.
Hold this position for 10 to 30 seconds.

Lay on the floor on you stomach.
Place your hand on the floor at shoulder level up by straightening your arms.
Keep you hips flat on the floor.
Hold the position for 10 to 30 seconds.

Stand on one leg and pull the other foot up behind your bottom.
With your knees together, slowly push your hips forward to increase stretch.

Take your right arm across your chest.
Put your left hand on your right elbow.
Slowly pull your right arm towards you chest with your left hand,
Stop when you feel the stretch.
Hold this position for 10 to 30 seconds then switch arms.

Start by sitting on the floor with legs straight out in from of you.
Bend your right leg then cross it over your left leg so that the foot is on the outside of the knee.
With your left arm to support your body until you feel the stretch in the outer thigh.
Hold for 15 seconds then release.
Repeat the exercise with your left leg.

Start by sitting on a mat with your knees crossed.
Extend your arms, cross your wrist, and clasp your fingers.
Keep you lower back firm and your body upright.
Slowly curve your body until you feel the stretch.
Hold your position for 10 to 15 seconds.

Sit on the mat with your legs straight.
Bend your knees and bring the soles of you feet together, with knees opening out to sides.
Hold your feet and ankles with both hands.
Slowly lean forward, keeping your spine straight.
Hold your position for 10 seconds then release.
Repeat the exercise five times.

Sit on the mat with your legs straight.
Bend your left knee up and let that leg drop to the side.
Lean forward from the hips with your chest up.
With your arms outstretched, reach for your right toes.
Hold that position for 10 to 15 seconds and then switch leg.


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    are of tomorrow, have a nice weekend, best regards from, Dieter

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    because we want much in life,
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    we never draw from the solid,
    can not rest even when resting.

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    I wish you a very
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    many regards, Dieter

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