Stay Limber

Stay limber

Daily stretching is important, Dyer said. Your muscles tend to shorten and stiffen when you aren’t active, but stretching activities such as yoga will improve your flexibility.

“You wouldn’t think that five minutes of stretching in the morning would be all that helpful to you in old age, but it’s extremely helpful,” she said.

Yoga improves flexibility and can help relieve the discomfort of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University found.

“Yoga teaches patients a set of techniques, such as breathing and meditation, in addition to incorporating poses that improve strength and balance,” said James Carson, a clinical health psychologist and assistant professor at OHSU.

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