Being flexible can mean catching yourself before a fall, having quick reflexes to catch a glass before it breaks or reacting quickly to dodge an obstacle to avoid injury. Good balance can allow us to walk steady, help prevent falls and everyday injuries.
What Can Flexibility Do For You? Being flexible keeps the body mobile and makes everyday activities easier. Day to day activities such as bending to tie shoes, reaching that high shelf and getting in and out of cars all require flexibility. As the body ages there is a natural loss of muscle elasticity. This can cause the muscles and joints to tighten up and become prone to tears, aches and pains. Maintain flexibility by incorporating stretching every day as a vital part of keeping your body fit and able.
Balance for Mobility: Balance is the key to all functional movement like climbing stairs and carrying groceries. Balance begins with a strong core. A strong core will help stabilize the body to lower the risk of falls, back injuries, and to increase mobility of the spine for quicker reflexes. Good balance also supports mental clarity and may ease anxiety. Build better balance by practicing exercises that strengthen the core such as planking, yoga, tai chi, or simply by standing on one foot, keeping a stable chair or wall within arm’s reach, and switch feet four times on each foot.
“I finally realize that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.” Oprah Winfrey