Baby Boomer Warm-Ups and Stretches
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Baby Boomer Warm-Ups and Stretches

Baby boomers are getting in shape by returning to the sports they used to do or trying new ones. As you age past 40, changes in your body can make you more injury-prone. Warm up with key moves from your chosen sport before you play, and don't stretch until after you've exercised.

Getting Started

Staying Active

It's been proven: Exercise makes a difference in the quality and length of your life.

 
Flex Appeal

A new workout promises to reshape your body.

 
Swinging Warm-Up

Warming up is an essential part of a successful workout. You want to be sure your muscles are loose to allow you flexibility, and to prevent cramping.

Treating Exercise Injuries

Minor aches and pains are inevitable, but with care you should be able to prevent most injuries and treat many others yourself.

 

After Your Workout

Chest Stretch

This movement emphasizes mobility and is a great warm-up for your chest muscles.

Single Straight-Leg Stretch

This movement strengthens the abdominal muscles by the opposition of keeping the back flat on the floor while changing legs.



Double-Leg Stretch

Use this movement to strengthen your abs and your lower back. The motion of your arms and the weight of your legs will challenge you to keep your spine in a neutral position through the workout.



Good Stretches for Bad Backs

Try these techniques to prevent back pain.

 

Originally published on LHJ.com, July 2007.

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