Do you struggle to bend down to pick something up off the floor, hear yourself audibly groaning when getting up from a chair, or just feel a bit unsteady on your feet? If the answer is yes, the chances are you could do with improving your flexibility!
Flexibility is defined as the range of movement through a specific joint or group of muscles. As we age our muscles naturally weaken and shrink, reducing the range of movement, resulting in stiffness around the joints. Inactivity is the main cause of deterioration in our muscles and reduced flexibility. Left unchecked this can seriously impair the quality of life, making it difficult to perform basic every day tasks like walking, bending and lifting.
Our flexibility is something we tend to overlook until there’s a problem, or injury, and our GP or physiotherapist recommends some exercises we can do to aid our recovery.The truth is, in a lot of cases, we could have prevented the problem in the first place by being more active and improving our levels of flexibility.
Watch this clip from our broadcast to find out how you can test and improve your flexibility levels.
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