Why Everyone Should Be Stretching

n recent years, medical research has proven that a great deal of ill health is directly related to a lack of movement and mobility. Awareness of this fact has many people changing lifestyles, and the current enthusiasm has many seniors starting out with stretching exercises.

Some of the best stretching videos for beginners provide routines that start with a developmental stretch up to advanced routines, helping you enjoy movement while increasing strength and endurance.

Why Stretch?

Stretching not only relaxes your mind, but it promotes free movement, and fine tunes your body. You feel more relaxed because it diminishes any muscle tension. It also improves your coordination by allowing for more flexibility, while increasing your range of motion. As we age, our bodies become more prone to muscle strains, but stretching increases strength and helps prevent injuries because stronger muscles resists stress and tension.

Everyone should learn to stretch, but it’s especially important for older adults. The pain and rigidity of aging begin with temporary muscular tensions. When the muscles become tense and remain that way, they stop being elastic and restrict movement. As a result, restriction of movement and/or rigidity often lead to the non-use of body parts. We become sore and those aches and pains lead us to rely upon over the counter pain relief.

Stretching activates fluid movement in the joints, reducing wear and tear. Stretching helps the mobility of your tissues and joints that have remained rigid, to become elastic again. And stretching frequently is the best way to maintain muscle mass and flexibility and reduce overall muscle tension.

A Simple Stretch

When you begin a stretch, spend about 30 seconds on each routine. Go the point where you feel mild tension and hold the stretch. The feeling of stiffness should diminish as you hold the position. If it doesn’t, ease off lightly until you find the degree of tension that feels better for you. A simple stretch will ease and then eliminate muscular tightness and preparing your joints for more stretching.

Breathing And Counting

While stretching, you should be taking deep, calm breathes that are under control. While performing a stretch, and bending forward, exhale during the stretch, and then breathe slowly while holding the stretch. If at any time a position prevents your natural breathing, then you are not relaxed. Lessen the stretch and take some deep breathes.

Count silently for 30 seconds, for each stretch. This will help hold the proper tension, but after you get a consistent routine, you will start stretching without needing to count at all. It will become natural to hold your stretch by the way it feels.

No Right Or Wrong Way

Many of us are conditioned to the idea of no pain, no gain, but this isn’t true in stretching. When done correctly, there is no pain. Listen to your body. It will take some time to loosen up tight muscles but in time, you start to improve your flexibility and you will be able to go beyond your present limits.