To keep your body strong always train and eat in a balanced way!
Flexibility is the ability to keep your body mobile throughout your life. After 40 years, most people start experiencing muscle stiffness and difficulty moving different joints. This is where a flexibility program becomes essential. It is usually done right after cardio or strength training. It is a very good time because the body is warm and stretching promotes muscle recovery, oxygenation and helps flush lactic acid.
With time, the muscles have the habit of keeping some tension and not relaxing completely. That tension could be coming from exercising or simply from the stress we experience in our daily life. Without stretching, muscular tension will build up with time and could become quite painful. So it is very important to teach the muscles to relax. Always look at it as a self-massage, meaning a free massage…
People could want to do stretching session without working out. However, it is important to warm up the body first. Walking for 20-30 minutes, taking a short bath or getting in a sauna for few minutes will do the trick. Then, dress up with warm clothes to keep your body warm and do the stretching program. Stretching should be done up to 6 times a week, preferably after exercising.
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With our busy lives, it is not always easy to be physically active, but the way you choose to age depends on it. Retirement should be the best years of your life. The sooner you are going to move and eat healthy, the better. Start today!