For the third secret of staying young we are going to the wild side. The wild side I am referring to is – Nature! Did you think I meant something different (hmmm)? Well that’s okay too, also very good for longevity. (I’m not suggesting I knew where you were going with that comment, just saying…you know! lol)
Seriously there are several important lessons to be learned from nature. The word of the day for longevity is “S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g”. Yes, sounds like another easy one doesn’t it. But we have the same problem with stretching that we had with breathing. Today many of us are more inactive physically and for longer periods of time.
There isn’t a mammal on the planet (in the wild or otherwise) that doesn’t instinctively stretch when it gets up from a prone or still position, Immediately. They stretch the largest muscles in their body because it is the natural thing to do to losen up. To be more flexible, to be prepared, at a moment’s notice,to move quickly. They can do this because they have made their body limber by stretching.
That is to say it becomes inactive and when the brain sends a message to this stiff muscle it may respond in the moment but it will let you know the next day how badly it feels (full bore). I think we can all relate to that one.
I will also stretch again during the day prior to doing something of a more physical nature. It makes a huge difference. I do not have stiff muscles, even though I have done very few “work-outs” in the last few years due to other commitments, I do stretch and I stay limber…just in case!
If you have health issues always speak with your doctor before beginning any new physical activity. I recommend the mayo clinic’s slide show of 10 basic stretches. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/SM00043&slide=2
So there you have it my friends, if I can do this at the age of 65 (if you haven’t read them here is part 1 and part 2) than so can you. Stretching (by the way) is good for all ages and if you can’t stretch all of your body, (because of physical limitations) stretch the parts you can. Your body will thank you for it.
Have a great day and keep stretching! Penny