FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Staying flexible as you age is very important as it helps you move better. If your posture or your ability to participate in activities are limited, make it a habit of stretching those muscles regularly.
If you have back pain from sitting at a desk all day, stretches that reverse the sitting posture can help. Stretching keeps your hips and hamstrings flexible, which is important later in life.
How to Stretch:
- Lace your fingers together and turn your palms to face outward in front of you.
- Reach your arms as far as you can, curving your back and shoulders forward and hold this position for about 10 seconds.
- Release your fingers, and clasp your wrists or fingers behind your back.
- Raise your arms as high as you can behind your back while keeping your grasp on your wrists so your chest opens and your shoulders roll back.
With any stretch, static or dynamic, you should feel a stretch but you shouldn't feel pain. There is no need to stretch further than your normal range of motion.
Everyone is more flexible after exercise because, with movement, circulation has increased in the muscles and joints. Stretching is also a good way to end a workout.