Written by Josh Horsman
As we get older, a common fear is that we will begin to lose our mobility and, for many people, this might be true. Without regular exercise and a self-care routine for your body, age can take its toll. If you want to maintain maximum mobility and lead an active lifestyle in later life, stretching is key. A regular routine of stretches will keep your muscles primed and ready so that you are able to move, exercise and maintain balance.
Here are 8 simple stretches to try at home:
This stretch is an easy one to fit into your morning routine. It will loosen any tension in your neck and shoulders. This kind of tension can build up from sleeping in a bad position or from poor posture.
The spine is key to mobility and so back stretches are essential components of any senior’s health regime. This one is quick, easy and will get your blood flowing.
Standing Side Reach
This stretch is all about building flexibility in your trunk and shoulders, which is key to maintaining your ability to perform everyday tasks such as reaching high and low for objects in the home.
This stretch is a common inclusion in yoga routines and helps with matching breathing to movement as well as helping to keep your spine lengthened.
This stretch focusses on your shoulders but this will, in turn, work your upper back, neck as well as shoulder muscles and keep your joints well-oiled.
This move will open the hips and improve your range of mobility for your lower body.
This stretch works on your quadriceps, the key muscles in your thighs which are important for mobility in your legs.
Knee to chest
This stretch also aids mobility through working the leg muscles and getting blood flowing.
The ankles are another key source of mobility and this exercise gently helps to keep them primed and enables you to maintain aa full range of movement.