Healthy Aging For Baby Boomers
 

Retaining Our Flexibility As We Get Older


Retaining Our Flexibility As We Get Older. Have you noticed that you do not seem to be as flexible as you were in your 20's, 30's or 40's? As it seemed that you are getting less flexible as you work your way thru the decades?

You are not imagining, your body does lose it's ability to be flexible as we age. You may notice that your movement is not as smooth and it takes you longer to perform certain arm or leg movements. Bending and stretching may become difficult and you may experience stiffness or a "catching" in your muscles or joints as you try to reach something on that high shelf, or pick up that piece of paper that fell on the floor.

Normal flexibility means that you can balance and complete normal daily activities with comfort. Flexibility also helps you by reducing the tension muscles can undergo with activity and can improve your coordination. It also prevents injuries and gives you a sense of "body awareness".

Flexibility can even help with good blood circulation. You can imagine then, just how important maintaining your flexibility can be. Have you ever wondered how flexibility is measured? The normal measurements of flexibility are the ability to:

Raise your arms above your head 180 degrees, Bend at your elbow 145 degrees, Bend your neck 45 degrees to each side, Arch your back at 30 degrees, Move your hips 45 degrees, Extend each knee in a straight line (0 degrees).

Flexibility can affect your joints (the connections between your bones), muscles and also your connective tissue between your joints and your muscles. Flexibility should be an important part of your exercise and fitness training on a regular basis.

The definition of having normal flexibility is: the ability of a person's body parts to bend while completing an action without breaking. As we age certain aches and pain as well as being overweight can change our activity level and the inactivity changes our collagen structures within our body.

Collagen is what binds our body parts and aids in healing broken bones and promotes wounds to heal by growing blood vessels to feed the area of injury. Collagen is the fibrous protein part of our bone, cartilage and skin and also other connective tissues in our body.  

Center For Healthy Aging Gerontology

The patient is allowed to feel in control of their pain. Many patients are allowed to give pain relievers, as they are needed through an IV drip. Pressing a button will give a bit more pain reliever and will allow them to stay on top of their pain. Pain does not build up during dosages and is more controllable. Pharmaceutical companies have spent considerable time researching pain management.

How to prevent or restore flexibility: If you have a sedentary job, take stretch breaks by flexing your knees, rotating your neck, rotating your shoulders, making circles with your arms and getting up and walking around the room, or if you can, take a walk outside even if it is just around the building.

 

Volunteer on a regular basis. Help out at a shelter or do other work to benefit charities. It improves your community and it also helps you feel useful. Plus you get to experience the joy of helping others.

Stretch before exercising to improve flexibility and warm up your muscles so that they can stretch better. Maintain proper weight for your age and height. A good diet will assure that your body cells have the nutrients they need to function properly If your healthcare professional feels that you are at risk for decreased flexibility you may be sent to a physical therapist who will measure your flexibility and show you exercises that you can do during therapy and at home to improve your flexibility.

Healthy Aging Issues Today







 

Better Your Health

Healthy Living For The Baby Boomer
Human Growth Hormone Therapy What Are The Risks
Depression And Stress Tips
Preventing Falls For Those Over 65
DHEA, Is It The Fountain Of Youth
Simple Resolutions Could Add 10 Years to Your Life
Signs To Be Aware Of To Avoid Health Problems
Aging With Grace And Dignity
Good Health In Our Golden Years
Alzheimers Disease What To Look For
What About The Assisted Living Services
What Changes To My Body Should I Expect
Symptoms Seniors Need To Watch For
Exercises That Can Keep You Healthy And Younger Feeling
Depression Can Be A Serious Problem For Seniors
Heart Attack And Depression After 50
The Aging Population And Diseases
The Need To Eat Healthier As We Grow Older
Choices We Have For Healthy Aging
Exercises Just For Seniors
The Right Foods Can Help Keep You Young
Try Gardening For A Healthy Hobby
Dietary Decisions That Senior Citizens Must Consider
Have Good Habits To Help You Age Gracefully
Some Good News About Aging And The Brain
Be Positive About Your Age
Health Problems Facing Our Aging Population
Good Health Tips For Women Over 50
Preventive Measures You Can Take To Promote Healthy Aging
Tips For Seniors About Walking
The EPA And Seniors
Better Your Chances For Healthy Aging
Should I Use The Human Growth Hormone
Tips To Keep Your Bones Strong
Tips To Keep Your Mind Young
Tips For Keeping Your Prostate Healthy
The Falls Free Coalition
Time To Quit Smoking
How To Recognize Elderly Abuse
The Importance Of Regular Doctor Visits
How To Relieve Stress and Depression
Retaining Our Flexibility As We Get Older
Blood Pressure Is Critical To Watch As We Age
Vitamin K To Stay Feeling Younger
Sunlight Friend Or Foe
You Need To Control Your Healthcare
Work As A Team With Your Healthcare Professional
Should Seniors Get A Flu Shot
The Musculoskeletal System And The Senior Citizen
A Complete Health Assessment For Seniors
Be Happy It Is Important To Your Health
Having Friends Around Will Help You Live Longer
The Importance Of Watching Your Weight
Our Past Health Choices Effect Our Health In Later Years
Seniors With Type 2 Diabetes
Dealing With The Grief Of The Lost Of A Loved One
Dealing With Menopause
Tips For Aging Gracefully
Vitamins To Keep Your Skin Young
Walking Musts For Seniors
Walking For Fitness
The Best Way To Be A Great Grandparent
Ease Your Aches And Pains
Things For Seniors To Avoid For A Healthy Life
Info From The Mayo Clinic About Aging
When Is Driving To Much Of A Risk For Seniors
Not Taking Your Medications Can Be Dangerous
Women Vitamins And Good Health
Site Map

healthy aging for seniors