Posted in General by Penny WadePenny Wade on 22 November 2019

1. Drink more water

  • Cartilage, tendons, ligaments and discs that are well hydrated are more likely to stay elastic and less prone to injury.
  • Drink 2L a day for the greatest benefit.

2. Stretch for at least 10 mins a day plus massage

  • stretch the legs, trunk and arms plus do classes such as Pilates, exercise physiology, Tai Chi, other martial arts and yoga..
  •  Combine with regular massage to increase your ability to stretch further.

3. Foam roller

  • Targets fascia that surrounds muscles. Used in combo with stretching it is very useful. 
  • Roll once a day for an effect that lasts 2 weeks but if you want to increase flexibility you need to roll 2 or more times a day. 

4. Dance classes

  • In a 2018 study by The Queensland University of Technology older adults who took part in ballet experienced greater flexibility and improved posture after 10 sessions. Barre and XTend Barre classes work on flexibility.

5. Lifting weights

  • Contrary to what you might think lifting weights builds on flexibility. As we age we have less muscle mass which is shortened and we become more stooped.
  • Lifting weights increases muscle mass and forces your body into a greater range of movement. 


 

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