As we age, our joints gradually become stiffer and our flexibility decreases. A decrease in flexibility can be dangerous as it increases the risks of falls and injuries. Stretching can help improve mobility, flexibility, and enable seniors to lead more independent lives. Research has also shown that doing stretching exercises consistently can slow down the loss of flexibility. Incorporating simple stretching exercises into your daily routine is highly beneficial for your physical health and overall wellness. To boost your health, learn more about the best stretches for seniors that you can do every day!
Side Neck Stretch
The side neck stretch is a simple stretching exercise for the neck that is a great way to start the day. You can do this simple exercise while standing or seating. You should slowly lean your head to the left, and then slowly tilt it towards the right. Then, lift your left hand and place it on the right side of your face. Press down with your left hand gently while leaning your head to the left. Hold in this position for 30 seconds. Then, repeat the same action on the opposite side. If you slept in an uncomfortable position at night or didn’t have a pillow for your head, this stretching exercise can help you to loosen the tension in your shoulders and neck.
Seated Ankle Stretch
Increasing the flexibility of your ankles is crucial to preventing falls and lessening the chances of serious injuries. This simple exercise can help you strengthen your ankles and improve balance. Start this exercise while seated in a chair. Straighten your left leg in front of you while keeping your right leg on the floor. Rotate your left ankle clockwise for 10 times, and then rotate it anti-clockwise for 10 times as well. Do this slowly and try to rotate your ankle in a full, circular motion. Then, switch to your right ankle and repeat the same actions.
Seated Hip Stretch
Having stiff hips can severely limit your range of motion and prevent you from doing simple actions like standing up or stepping over obstacles easily. This simple exercise can be done while seated and will help increase the flexibility of your hips, potentially also relieving any hip pain or lower back pain. Lift your left leg and cross it over your right leg in a perpendicular position with your left ankle resting on your right knee. Try to relax your right leg and feel your hip opening up as you press gently on your right knee. Hold in this position for 30 seconds, then switch to the other leg.
Stay Fit and Healthy at Spring Mill
Stay active and healthy with Spring Mill’s exciting wellness activities that are tailored to suit every resident’s health needs! Our passionate and experienced health and wellness experts are here to make sure you remain active and fit while enjoying your retirement life. We also have the best amenities to facilitate strength and flexibility exercises, from our fitness center to the therapy and rehabilitation rooms.