Stretching Exercises for Seniors to Do at Home

The stretching exercises for seniors are important for the maintenance of physical well-being and emotional, but must be performed with care to avoid injury.

The regular practice of stretching exercises help increase flexibility of muscles and joints, promotes blood circulation and makes it easier to accomplish some daily activities, like cooking, cleaning and tidying up.

Here are three simple examples of stretching exercises for seniors, that can be done at home:

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Exercise 1

Lying down with belly up, bend one leg and hold at the top of the knee, but with care not to force the joint. Hold this position for 30 seconds while breathing and then repeat the exercise with the other leg.

Exercise 2

Sitting with your legs together in front of the body, stretch your arms and try to touch your hands on the feet, as shown in image 2. Remain still in this position for 30 seconds.

Exercise 3

Standing, tilt the body to the side, as shown in image 3. Remain still in this position for 30 seconds and then do the exercise turning to the other side.

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These stretching exercises can be done at any hour of the day, but it is important to respect the limits of the body to avoid injury in the muscles or joints. The regularity with which these stretching exercises are made it is also important to achieve your benefits and, therefore, it is recommended to do the exercises at least 3 times per week.

In addition to these 3 examples you can also do other stretching exercises as indicated in the following video to improve your blood circulation, mobility and well-being.

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