Speaking from experience, sitting at a computer for 8-9 hours a day, spending at least 1-2 hours in a car and then a few hours sat down at the end of the day to dinner and then TV, does nothing for mobility and it leaves you feeling pretty stiff.
This persistent sitting and a lack of range of motion can cause all sorts of problems. Not just in the here and now. We’re also thinking about the kind of older people we want to be. If you don’t want to end up bed or chair bound, improve your range of movement and flexibility by giving these things a try!
Make stretching a way of life. When you wake up in the morning, when you take a toilet break, lunchbreak, finish work, get out of the car, before bed and even intermittently throughout your day if you can.
Stretching out your limbs and muscles will help them to loosen up, alleviate tension, energise you, improve circulation and importantly help with the flexibility and even tone of your muscles. Very important.
Make sure that your morning and bedtime stretch is a little more thorough than the rest of your day. Be sure to incorporate a little something for the entire body. There are even stretches you can do for your toes and ankles!
As for throughout the day, in one session focus on your wrists, arms, shoulders and chest. In another, your ankles and legs. Don’t neglect your neck and head to help release any tension built up here too.
If you work on your stretching at least 4 times a day for a minimum of 60 seconds, you’ll see lots of benefit in just 6 weeks.
Love to dance? It’s one of the most effective ways to improve your flexibility.
Almost every form of dance will offer you the opportunity to become more supple, improve coordination, posture, joint mobility and muscles flexibility as well as alignment according to City Academy. An additional benefit, you’ll burn loads of calories and have tons of fun in the process.
The best form of dance for improving flexibility is Barre Fit, Ballet and Contemporary. Read more about these great classes from City Academy.
It’s never to late to improve your flexibility with The British Wheel of Yoga offering Gentle Years Yoga classes that tailors a programme to people classes as immobile and over 60 years of age.
They’re accommodating for age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis, hypertension, dementia and sensory impairment. Helping to improve, not just their attendee’s mobility, but their mental health and wellbeing too.
Of course, the younger you start practicing yoga, the greater the benefits you’ll receive over the long term.
Meaning, that at whatever stage you are in your life, there are plenty of ways you can improve your mobility and flexibility with immediate effect. It may take a little while to see the full effects but its well worth persisting.
Remember, little and often goes a long way when it comes to improving your flexibility. Let us know how you’ve improved your flexibility and if our tips proved helpful in the comments below. If you’re looking for other ways to work on your fitness, check out these helpful reads below…