Modern people have come to terms with the fact that after 30 years of physical activity and flexibility of the body are reduced. What is the cause of such age changes and is it possible to remove the equal sign between aging and fading?
Old age – loss of ability to move normally
Is old age really a loss of the ability to move normally?
Why do we lose flexibility?
Even in the last century, scientists developed a somatic theory, according to which all the stresses, troubles and anxieties experienced by us, starting from childhood, affect the state of our body, affect not only the psyche, but also muscles and joints, which react involuntarily or reflex contractions.
What is most unpleasant, we can not relax them with the help of desire alone. As a result, by the age of thirty, and sometimes earlier, a person no longer remembers what it means to move freely. These changes even received a special term: sensory-motor amnesia. It is she who is to blame for the appearance of a false sense of aging. One of the main symptoms of this disease are reduced elasticity of the muscles and ligaments, curvature of the spine, chronic pain in the joints, and lameness.
But a decrease in flexibility is manifested not only in appearance. Much more serious is the fact that it leads to circulatory disorders and, as a result, deterioration of metabolism – a direct path to various diseases.
To get rid of stress, relaxation is not enough, as psychologists say. Only a daily warm-up and stretching can defeat a false sense of aging, permanently maintain high physical and mental activity. Moreover, many experts argue that in reality there are no reasons why we should experience physical suffering in old age.
What happens to our body?
Physical activity of modern people has decreased significantly. We owe this to office work and global computerization.
Every day, millions of people for 8-10 hours working at the computer, being in the same position. At the same time, we are so tired that we do not even allow thoughts to rise to your floor without an elevator. Without daily exercise, including the development of flexibility, our muscles weaken and lose mobility. Our children, looking at us, are already accustomed to the fact that deterioration of health and body stiffness is a standard scenario of life.
Loss of flexibility by a person is the first sign of aging of the body and the onset of disease.
If you have ever watched a cat, you noticed how often it stretches its body, effortlessly, absolutely naturally flexing the muscles that it is going to use. Unfortunately, this natural instinct is practically lost by us.
Do a simple test. After a five-minute warm-up of the core muscles, try to reach the floor with your fingers with a straight back in a forward bend. Do not bend your knees. If you are over 50 years old and succeeded – well. For those who are younger, a good estimate is the ability to touch the floor with your palms.
However, whatever result in the test you achieve, the development of flexibility up to the splits is possible at any age.
Stretching exercises will help to restore the natural flexibility of the body, improve health by increasing the supply of oxygen to the muscles and the removal of decomposition products from them. Bones and ligaments are strengthened, posture is improved, the probability of getting osteoporosis and hypokinesia decreases many times, arterial pressure is normalized. But, most importantly, you will believe in yourself, your capabilities and strength, and restore your health and activity.
You, probably, noticed that the flexible person even being physically tired, keeps good mood and looks surprisingly cheerfully. At the same time, even a well-rested person with stiff muscles looks sluggish and suppressed.
Remember: flexibility is a property acquired. Catching up regularly can achieve serious results and save them to a great old age. There is only one condition: constant work on yourself. After all, once having a shower, you do not think that this is enough for the rest of your life?
Where to begin?
There are many video tutorials on stretch marks on the Internet that are absolutely not suitable for beginners, since even the starting position for many exercises cannot be accepted without excellent flexibility. It seems that the authors of such lessons, having achieved good personal results, have lost their sense of reality, having forgotten how they themselves began many years ago. Having seen a short video on the Internet, with success in stretching young people and comparing your capabilities, do not be discouraged. You can not even imagine how long it took them to do this. Believe me, everybody has more than one year of gymnastics or ballet classes behind his back.
To start, choose the easiest set of exercises. You will complicate it with the development of flexibility.
Of course, the safest and safest way is to enroll in the nearest fitness club, but considering the financial situation of many people, we suggest you study at home using video lessons or literature written by a qualified specialist.
10 tips for achieving the desired result
- Never start stretching exercises without first warming up the muscles for 10-15 minutes (light aerobic exercise: running, jumping, squats, etc.). Even snake people who can crap in a ball do not allow themselves this. Just do not overdo it: if the muscles are overworked, they respond poorly to stretching.
- Use both static and dynamic exercises (swinging and squatting) and no jerks.
- Always keep your back straight.
- Never, remember, never straighten your torso, keeping your legs straight from leaning forward. Be sure to slightly bend your knees before straightening. So you insure yourself against injuries in the lumbar region.
- Start with 8-10 repetitions of each exercise or 30 seconds of static stretching. Avoid pain or discomfort.
- Try to relax the muscle you are stretching and focus on it.
- Breathe in from the starting position and exhale while stretching.
- Exit the stretched position slowly and smoothly.
- Do not rush to increase the load and do not chase a quick result.
- Do not be lazy, do the exercises daily and with pleasure.
But before you begin the practice of physical exercises that return the body flexibility, be sure to consult with your doctor! If there are no contraindications, be persistent and patient. Without setting hard deadlines for yourself, you will get an enviable stretch, and with it – health, self-confidence and good mood.