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The Fountain of Youth: Why Regular Assisted Stretching Sessions Are a Must for Adults Age 50+

Updated: Feb 11


As we age, our bodies go through a series of changes that can impact our flexibility, mobility, and overall quality of life. Regular assisted stretching sessions can be your secret strategy to counter the effects of aging and maintain a vibrant, active lifestyle well into your 50s and beyond.


1. Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion:


One of the most noticeable benefits of regular assisted stretching sessions is improved flexibility. As we age, our muscles tend to become tighter, which can lead to stiffness and decreased range of motion, making daily tasks like walking, putting on your socks, or getting up from a chair much more challenging. Assisted stretching helps elongate muscles, reducing tension and allowing for greater mobility. This means you can continue to enjoy your favorite activities without feeling limited by age. [1]


2. Improved Posture:


Many adults over 50 may experience changes in posture, such as rounding of the shoulders or a forward-leaning head position. Assisted stretching can target specific muscle groups to help correct posture issues and improve joint range of motion, restoring balance in the body. With proper alignment, you'll improve your body's movement efficiency, making everyday activities feel light and easy.


3. Enhanced Circulation:


Regular stretching stimulates blood flow, which can be especially beneficial for older adults. Blood transports oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the body, promoting healing and reducing recovery time after injuries or workouts. Improved circulation can help with various aspects of health, including heart function, muscle recovery, and even mental clarity. [2]


4. Stress Reduction:


Stress is a common factor in many health issues, and it tends to accumulate as we age. Regular stretching sessions can be a powerful tool for stress reduction. The deep breathing and relaxation techniques used during stretching can help calm the mind, reduce stress hormones, and promote a sense of well-being.


5. Enhanced Athletic Performance:


If you're still pursuing athletic or fitness goals in your 50s and beyond, assisted stretching can be a game-changer. It helps to optimize muscle function, improve balance, and reduce the risk of injury. Whether you're an avid golfer, a dedicated cyclist, or simply want to stay active, stretching can enhance your performance and enjoyment of physical activities. [3]


Incorporating regular assisted stretching sessions into your fitness routine is an investment in your health and longevity. At Amanda Boike Fitness, we specialize in personalized stretching programs designed to meet the unique needs of adults age 50 and beyond. We work with you to create a stretching routine that targets your specific goals and helps you maintain a youthful, active lifestyle.

Age doesn't have to hold you back—discover the rejuvenating benefits of regular assisted stretching and keep enjoying life's adventures. Schedule your Introductory Assisted Stretch and take the first step toward a healthier, more flexible you.


References:

1. Herbert, Robert D., Marcos de Noronha, and Steven J. Kamper. "Stretching to Prevent or Reduce Muscle Soreness After Exercise." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 4, 2008, https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD004577.pub3.

2. Behm, David G., et al. "The Use of Static Stretching in Warm-Up for Training and Competition." International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, vol. 15, no. 5, 2020, pp. 590-597, https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2019-0655.

3. Behm, David G., et al. "Effects of Stretching on Injury Risk Reduction and Performance: A Review." Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology, vol. 10, no. 3, 2021, pp. 106-121, meridian.allenpress.com/jcep/article/10/3/106/470461/Effects-of-Stretching-on-Injury-Risk-Reduction-and.


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