For those seeking to prolong life, and add health and productivity to those years, stretching is a great way to 'become young' again.
You will become much more flexible and, best of all, more pain-free. Stretching can also be very relaxing.
For several easy and very 'do-able' stretch workouts, see the ones listed here. There are no difficult postures, and NO Yoga moves in these routines.
Most of the recommended stretch DVDs have options for standing, sitting, or lying down, as well as for workout length.
This is great for when you don't have a lot of time as there are some segments that allow for a shorter, but very effective, routine.
When there is more time, the longer routines will give you a deep relaxing, full-body stretch that will .
Pleasant music as well as cueing by the instructors - delivered in mild, encouraging tones - all help you to relax and keep your focus.
Each of the stretches also allow enough time to relax into the move, and there is ample opportunity to vary the intensity of the stretches.
If you remember to stretch a little every day, you will be able to keep your flexibility and to move without stiffness.
If you have lost flexibility, stretching is a great way to regain this ability. Just start out slowly and work up to it by stretching a little further each day.
Moving in a fluid manner, as well as developing good posture through stretching, will contribute to a more youthful appearance as well.
Stretching can also help you to improve your fitness, and to develop your ability to breathe more deeply and fully.
You will begin to feel more able to engage in other physical activities, which will bring even more energy
and vitality into your life.
Best of all - you will feel better!
If you are looking for some good stretch workouts, but wish to avoid Yoga, the basic stretching routines available on DVD are a great alternative.