FAQ027: Why do you lose flexibility as you get older?

I’m just not as flexible as I used to be

Have you ever seen a baby squat? It’s beautiful!
But as we get older, we start to lose that flexibility that sometimes we took for granted. This can be because of a lot of things. There are some normal loses that we see in flexibility (or the range of motion in our joints). But also, just like strength you think “use it or lose it”. If you never go bend your knee all the way, eventually your body will think it is unimportant to move it there and stiffen up.

Normal Aging or Because we Sit too much?

We talk a lot about what is “normal” parts of aging and what are a result of some of the decisions we make day after day. Often because of our jobs or because of other medical issues, we sit far more than we should. A chair places your hips at a 90 degree angle, which is not the full range of movement that that hip can go. As a result, we become less flexibile.

Anyway, I elaborate a little more in today’s video.

We talk about sitting too much in this video … did you see our article on Boomers turning into couch potatoes? Check it out here!

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Christina Prevett

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