By Lori Peppi Michiel, NASM, Certified Personal Trainer
For aging adults who have been inactive for six months or more and now are considering becoming active again or are post rehab, might want to consider flexibility training. It is a great way to start towards a healthier lifestyle if going forward from a de-conditioned state. This type of training may lack the high profile of cardiovascular exercise and strength training, but it can improve range of motion, decrease pain and soreness after exercise, improve posture and decrease muscle tension. More importantly, stretching can make the difference in comfort when performing tasks such as putting a shirt or blouse on in the morning, reaching for a cup of tea or coffee or turning ones head when driving to be sure the coast is clear, etc.
Consider that most research studies suggest combining flexibility training with other activities such as balance, core, muscular endurance and (resistance training) into their workouts, along with some form of cardiovascular exercise. They all play an important roll in function.