Stretches to help keep your body supple at any age.
Fitness is not just for the young, with the right exercises there is no reason as to why you can’t keep fit even into old age.
But even young people today are guilty of not keeping their body in tip-top shape, obesity rates have never been higher and as a species, human being as a lot less flexible than we used to be when we were hunter-gatherers.
Stretching is such a quick and easy way to give your body a much needed mini work-out every day.
Using the right stretches on certain parts of the body will keep you supple, will increase energy, release tension and make you feel generally in better health.
The following exercises have been recommended by Marilyn Moffat of New York University. Hold each stretch for between 30-60 seconds for the best results.
Slowly, rotate your head to the right until you feel the muscles tighten and hold for the allotted number of seconds. Return to the front and repeat on the left side.
Using your arm over your head, gently tilt the head using the weight of your arm to stretch the neck.
Cross both arms across your torso and stretch to one side as far back as you can. Repeat on both sides.
Using a chair with a low back, hold your arms out behind you and use the chair back to form an arm under your spine.
Trunk Lateral Flexion
Sitting or standing, take one arm above the head and over as far as you can to the opposite side. You will feel the pull down your flank, bring back to the center and repeat on the other side.
Sitting on a chair, take both arms down in between the legs and stretch towards the floor as best as you can.
Take both arms behind the back, flat to the back with one palm facing out and the other facing in. Try and makes you hands meet.
Standing straight, bring one leg behind you and the ankle up towards the buttocks, stretching the muscles in the front of your thigh.
Using a wall, place your forward leg with your toe touching the wall. Bend the knee until you feel the muscles down the back of leg stretching out. Hold and repeat on the other leg.
Laying on the floor, ideally on a yoga mat or soft surface, bring one leg up off the floor and using your hands behind the knee, bring the leg towards your body. Hold and then swap legs.
You will need a workout band or a towel for this exercise. Laying on the floor extend one leg upwards at a 90 degree angle. Using the band, pull it towards you to create resistance and a stretch in the leg.
Laying on the floor, cross one of your legs over the hip area. Bring you knee towards the floor, feeling the stretch in the hip and groin area.
- H/T The Hearty Soul