In Season One of Stretching Exercises for Fifty Plus, I present three stretching routines that improve your flexibility and posture, reduce fall risk, keep you limber so that you can enjoy a variety of movements, and help you stay pain free. The longer you delay routine stretching, the harder it is to regain your flexibility.
This article was last updated on May 27, 2020
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Season One: Three Stretching Exercises for Fifty Plus
Physical Therapist Margaret Martin covers dynamic (or active) and static stretching, a morning stretch routine, and an evening routine.
Episode 1: Dynamic and Static Stretch Routine
As we age, muscles, nerves and fascia can get tight and reduce the flexibility of our joints. Regular stretching exercises increase flexibility and should be a part of our exercise routine. Your stretching routine should include both dynamic stretching (Active Isolated Stretching) and static stretching.
Margaret explains the difference between dynamic stretching and static stretching, and identifies when you should use one over the other. These stretching exercises require a flat comfortable surface a pillow (optional), two hand towels and a stretching strap or a 10 foot long 3/4 inch rope.
The four stretches in this segment target some of the most common areas of tightness that limit our ability to achieve good posture.
Episode 2: Morning Stretch Routine
This stretching exercise routine was designed for people who find mornings a challenge because of knee, hip or spine arthritis.
This morning stretch routine has been tried and tested by active aging individuals (myself included) who are no longer able to easily bounce out of bed.
Those who have been consistent with their morning stretch routine report a decrease or elimination of their morning foot, knee, hip and low back stiffness and pain. A bonus stretch helps start your day with your spine in good alignment.
Episode 3: Evening Stretch Routine
This twenty minute evening stretch routine targets the whole body and is designed to keep you limber, loose and relaxed. I do it on the floor as I am looking at my evening dose of TV.
Once you’ve done it a dozen times you will be able to do it by heart while you enjoy your favourite show. Enjoy.
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Developed and Presented by Margaret Martin
All exercise demonstrations and instructions in Season One of Stretching Exercises for Fifty Plus are provided by Margaret Martin. Margaret combined her years of clinical Physical Therapy experience, her fitness training knowledge, and her review of the latest medical and scientific research on balance training, osteoporosis and exercise to create these stretching exercises.
Margaret Martin is a Physical Therapist with over 35 years of experience helping individuals like you achieve their health and fitness goals. She graduated from the School of Physical Therapy of McGill University in 1984.
She is also the author of Working With Osteoporosis and Osteopenia — a course for Physical Therapists on the treatment of osteoporosis completed by thousands of Physical Therapists and other health professionals worldwide.
Season One of Stretching Exercises for Fifty Plus is one of my products.
Recorded at Kalyana Yoga Shala in Ottawa, Canada.