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3 Daily Stretches to Keep You Healthy

Stretching reduces stress and improves your body’s range of motion. As you get older, your joints lose flexibility, which makes it even more important to stay active each day. The following three stretches can help you stay limber and healthy. Warm up your muscles first by walking or jogging in place for five to 10 minutes, and then get started.

1. Neck Side Stretch

This stretch improves the range of motion in your neck and upper back muscles.

Steps:

If you’ve ever had a stroke, you should only hold the pose for two or three seconds on each side.

2. Ankle Circles

Keeping your ankles flexible makes it easier to keep your balance while standing up and walking.

Steps:

If you feel up to it, you can do another three or four sets on each side.

3. Seated Hip Stretch

Loosening up tight hip flexors can improve posture and reduce back pain.

Steps:

If you feel any pain, stop immediately and try some different hip stretches.

Always consult with your doctor about safe exercises if you’re recovering from an injury or recently had surgery. For more health tips or to ask questions on a forum that’s just for seniors, visit the friendly online community at Super Senior Connection.

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Mary Kinney
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October 19, 2017 1:49 pm

Exercise is wonderful when I can find time to do it, must be easy and quick!

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