Benefits of Stretching
A regular stretching routine provides five-major benefits to the aging body. When stretching is added to other exercises it can have the potential to extend lifespan. Listed below are the five benefits of stretching for seniors.
- IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY
Aging causes muscle to shorten and lose flexibility. Stretching maintains flexibility helping muscles and keep mobility.
- BOOSTS BLOOD CIRCULATION
Stretching stimulates blood flow, the increased blood flow means more oxygen is reaching the muscles.
- AVERTS INJURIES
Stretching aids in strengthening the muscles and improves balance, these two factors greatly reduce the risk of falls.
- PREVENTS DISEASE
Stretching and maintaining an active lifestyle may lower the risks of heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers.
- REDUCES SORENESS
May help to minimize aches and pains. It is advised to seek the advice of a physical therapist to help determine the best stretches that will target specific area(s) of the body.
To get the best results from stretching, perform the routine daily or at a minimum, several times a week.