Flexibility and Balance

As you get older, you will realize how important it is to stay flexible. Performing flexibility training improves our range of motion for our daily activities and protects us against pain or injury. In getting old, some of the physical changes that is attributed to aging would include an increased amount of calcium deposits, adhesion’s, as well as cross-links in the body

. There will also be an increase in the level of fragmentation and dehydration and changes in the chemical structure of the tissues. Also, there is a loss of suppleness due to the replacement of muscle fibers with fatty and collage nous fibers. All of these are one way or another, related to flexibility.

Therefore, you must plan for stretching after your workouts or start doing yoga or Pilates to increase your flexibility. To help you, be sure that your muscles are warm when you stretch. You can get this either from working out or after getting out of a hot bath or shower.

Flexibility and Age

Flexibility is really an important component of fitness particularly at advanced ages when there is a decline in joint flexibility. These are often associated with declines in physical health as well as functional status. For example, after men achieve their peak range of motion in their mid-twenties and for the women in their late twenties, flexibility declines significantly then with age in both sexes. However, the range of motion depends on a lot of factors.

This includes the bone, muscle, and connective tissue within the joint. With aging comes the effects to these structures so that range of motion is reduced. In addition to that, pain is also sometimes encountered when moving the joints which only inhibits further joint movement.

To let you see how important this is, imagine for example how you’re your shoulder flexibility is reduced, then reaching for objects or combing your hair becomes more challenging. Add up to that the walking, navigating stairs, and rising from a chair which are movement that we so often take for granted while we were younger.

 However, factors influencing flexibility are not only internal to us, external influences are also powerful and this knowledge might help you in flexing your own muscles. For starters, the temperature of the place where you are training can help you for a warmer temperature is more conducive to increased flexibility.

Flexibility in Morning or Afternoon

This also includes the time of day for as studies show, most people are more flexible in the afternoon than in the morning, that is from about 2:30pm-4pm. Also keep in mind that the stage in the recovery process of a joint or muscle after injury is important for injured muscles will usually offer a lesser degree of flexibility.

Pay heed also to the restrictions of any clothing or equipment that might impede you.With all of these to consider, you must then follow what current evidence suggests, and that is to attend a regular stretching program which can improve your flexibility, reduce joint pain, and enhance your muscle performance.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that older adults must participate in exercises that have been shown to increase range of motion including walking, aerobic dance, and stretching. Studies report that improvements of range of motion helps the neck, wrist, hip, knee, shoulder and ankle joints.