Read on here what Is the impact of age on flexibility, can you regain flexibility after 50 (60 or even 65), & how to stay flexible as you age.
What Is the Impact Of Age On Flexibility?
As your body gets older, you lose flexibility because of the natural aging processes. This happens for a number of reasons such as loss of water in your tissues and spine, enhanced tightness in your joints and loss of elasticity throughout the muscle tendons and surrounding tissues.
Reduced flexibility within your body impacts your day-to-day life routine adversely by precluding you from functioning normally. Due to this, it is quite common for many persons to cutback their physical activities as they no longer feel flexible enough to carryout activities they once enjoyed.
Furthermore, this kind of self-limitation can cause even a greater loss of functional ability & flexibility. Your body operates under a doctrine known as “Use It or Lose It” in the fitness world. If you don’t use your muscles, you tend to lose strength of the muscles. If you lose muscles strength then you won’t move them as often and also not be able to take them through their full range of motion to sustain/maintain their length, which will further result into decline in flexibility.
Can You Regain Flexibility After 50 (60 or Even 65)?
However, we have good news for you. As a human being, you have the ability to slow down or even reverse some of these changes in your body! Though we cannot avoid some loss of flexibility, but there are ways to control such losses.
How To Stay Flexible As You Age?
The most important step to be more flexible as you get older is to keep yourself physically active! The fitness experts recommend that stretching exercises are most beneficial to maintain & increase our flexibility and before starting our main workout sessions.
Stretching exercises not only help improve flexibility, but also maintain & increase range of motion of various joints (neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle).
There is no such thing that one stretch fit for all. There are many variations. You will have to pay close attention to your body and see which ones work best for you.
Regaining flexibility takes time. So make sure to go slowly. Over time your flexibility will improve, and you’ll be able to reach farther with the same stretch. At this time you may add different stretches for the same muscle to have larger improvement.
Regular physical activity not only helps in preventing/reducing the loss of flexibility as we age, it also provides several other benefits for our general health, including reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and physical disabilities.
Following are other important steps to keep in mind:
(i) Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes by walking or jogging in place to prepare your heart, muscles, and joints before the main exercise session.
(ii) Keep your movements gentle & smooth. Never bounce, jerk or force in any other way to get a deeper stretch.
(iii) Never lock your joints. Your legs & arms can be straight during stretching, but they shouldn’t be locked & stiff.
(iv) Keep breathing normally. As you do stretching exercises, your breathing should be slow and steady.
(v) How often do you need to stretch to maintain flexibility?
Best is to aim for stretching everyday. Try for 15 to 20 minutes per day, at least 3-4 times per week.
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About Author: Renu Bakshi, AKA Fitness Buffhq, is ISSA Certified Elite Trainer. He passed Personal Fitness Trainer Course, Nutrition Health Coach course & Specialist Exercise Therapy course from ISSA, USA obtaining + 97% marks. He shares his experience and knowledge about nutrition and effective workouts to get you in the best shape of your life, no matter how old you may be. The author says: “For me age is just a number!”