Harvard Health Letter

Stay flexible to protect your mobility

People need flexible muscles in order to extend the arms and legs, walk across a room, and maintain balance. When muscles aren’t flexible, they lose cells that help them contract. A person becomes weaker and prone to falls. A program of daily stretching is recommended for people who’ve lost flexibility. Three days a week will do the job for someone in better shape. 
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