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Is Stretching Good for Seniors?Our bodies, like any machine, undergo many changes as we age, which can make staying active and mobile all the more challenging. In addition to muscle and movement maintenance, stretching exercises can help delay the onset of diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis it can even improve mental health. No matter your level of activity, stretching exercises yield many health benefits for seniors ranging from injury prevention to mobility maintenance. When To Use Stretching ExercisesFor active seniors who routinely exercise, the best time to perform these stretches is at the end of the activity while your muscles are still warm and loose.For less mobile seniors, stretching can be done at virtually any time of the day. As with active seniors, make sure to walk around for a few minutes before stretching to ensure your muscles are loose and warm. Common Stretching Exercises for Seniors:1. Standing Quadriceps Stretch2. Seated Knee to Chest3. Hamstring Stretch4. Overhead Side Stretch5. Shoulder Stretch6. Tricep Stretch7. Lunge in a Chair Advanced What to do After StretchingAfter completing your stretching exercises, its important to address other ways you can improve your health. Proper hydration, exercise and diet all work in tandem with stretching exercises to help seniors maintain overall health. Doctors with Exercise ClassesWhen searching for a doctor that fits your needs, remember to ask for a group exercise and stretching schedule. Notable doctors offices provide a variety of in-practice community events that will keep you active and support your strength and muscle growth, and this is an important part of choosing a primary care provider that centers care around you. Editors Note: This article was submitted by Abby Parris, Regional Marketing Director with One Medical Seniors. She can be reached at 720-464-6739 or by email at AParris@onemedical.com Thumbnail:Aging can take a toll on the body, but stretching is a great way to reduce aches, loosen up muscles and relax your joints. Many doctors offices offer exercise and stretching classes to strengthen older adults.