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Can’t remember the last time you had a good stretch? While improving cardiovascular fitness is important, experts agree that we also need to focus on our flexibility; after the age of 40, the body’s connective tissue becomes less elastic, leaving us at greater risk of aches and pains, injury, and posture-related problems. So, how can you get more supple?

● Stretch every day. Experts recommend setting aside 10 minutes where you stretch out all the main muscle groups. Swing your arms, touch your toes, gently stretch leg muscles. Beginner’s Pilates and yoga classes will help, or check out Yoga With Adriene on YouTube.

● Ballet or barre classes will improve posture and strength – a recent Australian study found that older adults who took part in ballet-style classes experienced greater flexibility after 10 sessions.

● Lift weights. It might seem counter-intuitive, but lifting weights creates stronger muscles, and that means better posture and more flexibility.

 

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Sarah Maber