What comes to mind when you read those two words? Balance & Flexibility can refer to several definitions! Balancing your day-to-day activities, having a balanced meal or lifestyle, or simply, having good balance so you don’t fall over and get hurt. Same goes for flexibility. Do you have a flexible schedule? Are you flexible about what you’re choosing to eat? Are you just plain flexible, like can you touch your toes and reach your hands together behind your back?
Due to lack of an active lifestyle, we risk slowing down and becoming more sedentary as we age. Balance & Flexibility in relation to fitness and nutrition are more important now than ever for optimal health. Getting yourself involved in a fitness program that puts emphasis on improving these areas will ensure that you remain injury free, adding extra years and quality of life. Proper program design can also help to rehabilitate an old injury so you can live pain free.
Seek daily opportunities to incorporate balance and flexibility, and practice them often.
- Walking (indoor or outdoor)
- Fascia Stretch Therapy
- Water Aerobics (at the YMCA)
- Gentle Yoga Classes
- Tai Chi
- Fitness Classes (at your local gym)
- Core Exercises and Regular Stretching
- Strength Training (with a certified personal trainer if you can)
Work with a professional, such as a Personal Trainer who knows the importance of adding LIFE to your years! It’s about the quality and ability to live self-sufficiently for many more years. Get moving; it will help enhance your energy, preserve your independence, help manage symptoms of illness or pain, and maintain a healthy weight and heart.