Stretching everyday is one of the most important yet underrated activities for people over the age of 60. Not only does it help with joint and muscle pain but it also prolongs mobility and balance. These stretches are best done everyday on a flat but comfortable surface like a yoga or pilates mat. They aren’t considered a workout but rather a relaxing and refreshing way to ensure your body is as flexible as ever. Without constant stretching, joints and muscles are at risk of early deterioration which will mean constant and prominent aches and pains.
These super easy stretches can be worked into your daily routine right after you wake up or before you go to bed. They only take three minutes but will leave you feeling a million bucks!
1) Knees to chest
What it stretches: lower back, glutes and hamstrings. What to do: Lie on your back. Bend both legs and bring both knees to your chest and hold for 30 seconds.
2) Chest opener
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What it stretches: chest, arms and shoulders What to do: Stand straight. Hold hands behind your back. Lift and gently pull as far away from your back until you feel a stretch in your chest. Hold for 30 seconds.
3) Quad stretch
What it stretches: quads and hip flexors What to do: Lie on one side with legs extended. Lift top let and grab the ankle. Pull ankle as close to butt as possible. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on other leg.
4) Side stretch
What it stretches: outer thighs, obliques and shoulders What to do: Stand up right and hold onto a bar with left hand to balance yourself. Lift right arm straight above your head and push hips out to right side. Tilt over to the right side until you feel the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on right side.