- Stretching can ease the aging process by helping with joint pain, mobility, flexibility and posture.
- Stretching may also help with balance, coordination, muscle control and blood circulation.
- It’s recommended that seniors should try to stretch each major muscle group for at least 10-minutes a day, two days a week, at a minimum.
Aging is a natural part of life, but there are ways to slow this process by taking care of your body. Stretching and exercising can play a major role in how your body ages and your mobility. Stretching can help to improve flexibility, posture, and can ease joint pain that naturally comes along with aging. Keeping fit as you age can help make daily tasks easier, even something as simple as standing up from a chair or pulling yourself out of bed.
A simple stretching routine can have major impact on how you feel in your body, so follow along as we breakdown the impact of stretching on aging as well as a variety of simple stretches that can help slow the aging process.
Impact of Stretching on Aging
Stretching can ease the aging process and help allow for greater movement in the joints and improve posture, according to Healthline. Keeping up a consistent stretching routine can also help to release muscle tension and soreness, and reduce the risk of falling or injury. Stretching may help with balance, coordination, muscle control and blood circulation as well.
A study published in the Journal of Gerontology analyzed the 12-month results of a stretching program for older adults. The results showed that participants experienced a decrease in pain and positive changes in their overall well-being, physical fitness, efficacy and perceived functioning.