Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

‘There’s a say­ing you’re only as young as your spine is flex­i­ble and it’s true,’ says Caro­line. ‘Each day, your spine should be taken through its full range of mo­tion, so side­ways and ro­tated, not just for­ward and back, along with mov­ing your joints and stretch­ing your mus­cles. Age is a small part of the rea­son peo­ple be­come in­flex­i­ble – it’s more a case of use it or lose it!’


‘A daily set of yoga sun salutations takes your body through a wide range of mo­tion and is a great way to start the day, phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally,’ says Caro­line. ‘A quick on­line search will show you how – it’s sim­ple and easy to mem­o­rise. Re­peat 10 to 15 times.’ Fit­ness classes based on bal­let (they usu­ally have names like bar­refit or bar­recore) will do won­ders for flex­i­bil­ity while length­en­ing and strength­en­ing mus­cles. They’re for any age and no bal­let ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired. Or re­lease your in­ner bal­le­rina in adult classes that teach you the ba­sic po­si­tions and move­ments.


‘Do this stretch twice a day – it’s a great way to open up tight hips,’ says Jo. ‘Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your left an­kle across your right thigh, near the knee. Lift your right foot off the floor, thread your left arm through the open­ing and clasp your hands be­hind your right knee. Pull your knee gen­tly to­wards your chest. Hold for 30 sec­onds, then re­peat on the other side.’

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