(Health-NewsWire.Net, October 20, 2015 ) Chattanooga, TN -- Yvonne Hitchcock of Santulana has been investigating the importance of stretching for long term health in people of advancing years.
"If we stop exercising, especially stretching, as we age so our mobility and therefore our independence will suffer. Muscles will shorten which in turn will directly affect the range of motion in our joints, causing lack of mobility and probably pain."
The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Foundation have put forward a series of exercise programmes for seniors which include aerobic exercise, such as walking, resistance training, balance through yoga and Pilates and stretching either with or without an exercise band. Miriam Nelson, who is an associate professor at Tufts University co-authored this study and is quoted as saying, "There is so much people can do to turn the clock back ten or even fifteen year."
Stretching, using a fitness stretch band, not only loosens and lengthens muscles it also boosts the immune system by allowing the blood to circulate throughout the body. This is especially beneficial to the elderly who live in cold climates, where flu and colds are prevalent in the winter months.
Physicians recommend stretching in the morning for seniors. The action of stretching gets the blood circulating in the morning, preparing people for the day. They feel energised and content, ready to take on anything that the world throws at them that day.
The most important thing for seniors to remember is that it is never too late to start stretching to improve flexibility and general health.
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