The practice of stretching is an important component to movement. It allows the body to maintain flexibility and range of motion in the joints. This is really important, especially as we age. Stretching improves muscle balance around a joint, thereby improving balance. We all too often hear of an injury sustained by an elderly adult that could possibly have been avoided if strength, flexibility an posture were optimal. Here are five stretches that can be done at bedtime. Of course, before performing any type of exercise, including stretching, make sure to get prior approval from your health care professional. And, when you do stretch, take it slow and easy. You're body will let you know how far you can go on your first try. Keep in mind that with any injuries, you may need to modify or avoid certain movements until you are healed. There are plenty of stretches to try; check them out online and see what may interest you to try. Again, take it slow and easy - you'll want to build on your current range of motion, not hurt yourself!
Give stretching a try. As with anything new, be patient with yourself and the process. And don't forget yo have some fun with it! Enjoy everything you do in life, including stretching! In time you will see and feel the difference. Stretch daily and be well!
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