TOUCH YOUR TOES
‘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.’