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Stretching Exercises for Seniors: Increase Freedom of Movement

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How Much Should I Stretch, and How Often?
  • Stretch after you do your regularly scheduled strength and endurance exercises.
  • Do each stretching exercise 3 to 5 times at each session.
  • Slowly stretch into the desired position, as far as possible without pain, and hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.
  • Relax, then repeat, trying to stretch farther.
  • If you can't do endurance or strength exercises for any reason, and stretching exercises are the only kind you are able to do, do them at least 3 times a week, for at least 20 minutes each session.
  • Remember that stretching exercises, by themselves, don't improve endurance or strength.

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