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Topic- Flexibility and ROM

 

Flexibility exercises for walking by Julie Milner-638

Flexibility exercises for walking by Julie Milner

There’s no better way to begin and end a walk than with a few stretches.

As you lead exercises before the walk, you can review the day’s agenda, check that everyone is prepared with proper footwear and water, and answer questions. During the walk, you can stop for a stretch break.

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Flexibility exercises for older adults By Marlyn Black-495

Flexibility exercises for older adults By Marlyn Black

Ending an exercise session with flexibility exercises is a good way to improve range of motion and stability in older adults. As a personal trainer who works with older women, I have found that standing stretches are a good option for those clients who are not able to—or do not want to—get up and down from the floor. In a public space such as a gym or an exercise class, older people may be reluctant to lay down on the floor and perform stretches that require raising or extending their legs. Besides, older adults are seated most of the day, so they benefit from standing while exercising.

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Full-body flexibility, by Jay Blahni-282

Full-body flexibility, by Jay Blahni

If you are like me, your instinct probably tells you that your older clients should stretch more. It feels good to stretch, and research indicates it is smart to stretch. So why does stretching always seem to take the back seat to other exercise activities?

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Flexibility training: exercises for older adults by Phil Page, P.T., M.S., .T.C., C.S.C.S.-281

Flexibility training: exercises for older adults by Phil Page, P.T., M.S., .T.C., C.S.C.S.

The following tips will help health and wellness practitioners provide aging clients with healthy, safe stretching programs

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Functional flexibility activities for older adults by Phil Page, P.T., M.S., .T.C., C.S.C.S.-278

Functional flexibility activities for older adults by Phil Page, P.T., M.S., .T.C., C.S.C.S.

For aging adults going from inactivity to activity, flexibility training may offer a good start towards a healthy lifestyle. This type of training may lack the high profile of cardiovascular exercise and strength training, but it can improve range of motion, decrease pain and soreness after exercise, improve posture, and decrease muscle tension. More importantly, stretching can make the difference in comfort when a client puts on a shirt in the morning or reaches for a cup of tea. s a result, flexibility can contribute significantly to overall functional fitness, helping older adults safely and effectively accomplish independent activities of daily living.

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