Muscles tighten and become less elastic with age. This is why, when we age, flexibility becomes more limited and why stretching regularly is important.
Simple stretching is easy and can be incorporated into your daily exercise routine. As a basic rule of thumb hold any stretch for ten seconds. Don’t push to a point of pain, rather, a point where you just feel a stretch, and then hold.
Some of the benefits of stretching
Injury prevention: Stretching can help prevent injury to joints, tendons and muscles due to the increased range of movement of the joints
Increased range of movement: When you regularly stretch it encourages the length of the muscles to increase. This will help in increasing your range of movement. Thus, the limbs and joints will be able to move more freely and usually with less discomfort.
Increased ability to perform skills: Stretching is thought to help more pain free movement which in turn allows more activity, whether it be everyday daily tasks or high level sporting activity.