Aug 23rd, 2018
Aug 23rd, 2018 / Nicki Chick
And how often should one do them?
by Lynne Cantwell, Consultant Physiotherapist. 22nd August 2018
Literature strongly suggests that the greatest threat to the health of the ageing body is not the ageing process itself but rather inactivity. Per-Olof Åstrand concurs with this and states that ‘there is less risk in activity than in continuous inactivity’.
The structural and physiological affects of ageing occur by people having:
Regular exercise will have excellent benefits to slow the changes mentioned above, reduce aches & pains and maintain the body at a healthy level of function.
Stretching is a useful way to help maintain range of motion and flexibility in muscles.
Stretching can be done in a static form or done through dynamic movements.
Daily movements ensure continued fluidity in joints and muscles, hence avoiding stiffness which can increase the risk of injury and pain.
The best approach is to choose an exercise that mobilises each key joint in the body (if not multiple) and incorporates each direction:
Aim to stretch and move for either 15-20 mins per day or 30-40 mins x 4-5 times per week.