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Stretching Exercises for Seniors: Increase Freedom of Movement

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Stretching Exercises: Before You Start
Stretching to increase your flexibility and freedom of movement will help you do more of the activities you enjoy. Here are a few basic stretching exercises from the National Institutes of Health:

Before you start, follow these safety tips:

  • Check with your health care provider to make sure these stretching exercises are safe for you.
  • Always warm up before stretching exercises by doing some easy walking or arm-pumping first, or by doing stretching exercise after endurance or strength exercises.
  • Mild discomfort or a mild pulling sensation is normal, but stretching should never cause pain, especially joint pain. If you feel pain, stop at once and consult your health care provider.
  • Never bounce into a stretch -- make slow, steady movements to help your muscles stretch naturally.

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