As we pass the age of fifty, it’s important to make sure we look after our bodies as much as possible. After all, we only have one, and it’s important to make sure a lifetime of living well is mediated through good habits and appropriate care. A lot of this care you can take part in yourself, but of course, never take anything you read here as opposite to the recommendations of your medical professional - that should always take precedence.

That said, if you’re able, it can be nice to undergo a few worthwhile life changes so that moving forward, you retain as much of your wellbeing as possible. Then you can move into retirement age in your best health. To begin with, limiting some vices such as your alcohol intake is a great use of your time. From there, you might wish to consider some of the following advice, aimed towards helping you keep your flexibility. Mobility, while not necessarily utterly essential to a good life (those with muscular dystrophy, for example, often still lead great lives despite the help they need to do so), it does help.

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Let’s consider how to do that as you get older:

Daily Stretches & Yoga

Flexibility, like anything, is something you have to work on. When you get older, your body might find it harder to sustain the perfect movement it once did - but that’s okay, no one is going to ask you to perform swan lake anytime soon. With daily stretches such as gentle dynamic stretching or even yoga exercises, which also serves as a meditation, you’ll be in the best place for future self-care. As you get stronger, you also tend to improve in every category of physical development.

Core Strength Exercises

Core strength exercises really do matter. In fact, you can see some of the best exercises for strength here,, and from there determine how to structure your plan. As you’ll notice, a good portion of these exercises involve the core, because your hips is where power will be generated from. It will also help you sustain and hold your flexible stretching movements, and so a stretching regime that doesn’t focus on core strength is often incomplete.

Good Posture & Support

It’s important to make sure you care for your posture by sitting up where you can, and making sure that you try and keep your chest slightly out and your shoulders back. Care for holding your back correctly too, this can be helped by lumbar pillows or laying on your side at night instead of on your front or back - sleeping on your side will also reduce pressure on your nerves. Try to avoid slouching where you can, and as you work on your strength exercises you will no doubt see the difference when you carefully stay as upright as you can, without straining or tension.

With this advice, we hope you can better retain your flexibility as you get older, through and through. Just don’t be afraid to work at it slowly.

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