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Old 05-10-22, 10:53 AM
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I definitely need to start chanting me some Namaste. My lack of flexibility needs to be addressed. Does anyone who does yoga/serious stretching exercises use any of these commercial/structured programs, or just YouTube it? I had gotten an ad for an outfit out of Canada that seemed pretty impressive. Although there is no shortage of this topic on YouTube. Thank you all.
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Old 05-10-22, 02:10 PM
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As I age I find it very important to stretch and I've started doing it after every workout. I don't do any special programs and I only stretch on my own, but I do a full body stretch, including trying to do a full splits. At the gym I use one of these...

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^ Those types of stations are exceptional, for providing so many hand holds and foot holds. All sorts of stretches are possible, and one can generate noticeably greater force with many of them, while also maintaining better balance. Great stuff.


For various yoga movements, take a look at these. While most of these are far too advanced for these old bones, and they will be for most people who aren't well beyond "intermediate" stages, I find it's a good reference. Same website, but there's a section on primary yoga poses and a section on poses for flexibility.

https://www.sensational-yoga-poses.com/poses/

https://www.sensational-yoga-poses.c...exibility.html
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Old 05-10-22, 08:09 PM
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I only do quad and glute stretches off the bike (20 second each pose). NEVER use the backrest of your chair when sitting in front of your computer or working.

For back stretches, I do it entirely on the bike. Begin the first five minutes of the ride in small gears, minimal resistance, riding SLOWLY while hands on the drops with elbows bent. Relaxed, not tensed in that position. You shouldn't feel any pain, soreness, feeling overstretched when doing it. If you do, back it off a bit. Pedal at high rpm cadence but otherwise legs relaxed and at low power output level (recovery level effort).

I did some yoga before but found the above to be better for me.
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Old 05-11-22, 07:30 AM
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fwiw - I do a handful of yoga stretches but Wifey goes to traditional classroom type yoga classes, at the gym. she also does zumba classes. during lockdowns, etc., she did the same using zoom meetings with her laptop
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Yoga is amazing. They have good apps out there that allow you to customize a guided workout. Even at the noob level it's hard af.
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You don't have to do yoga to stretch. They are related but not mutually exclusive.
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Old 05-29-22, 10:26 AM
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Yeah, they are related, that's why it's a bit difficult for me. However, I still like it.
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As I age I find it very important to stretch and I've started doing it after every workout. I don't do any special programs and I only stretch on my own, but I do a full body stretch, including trying to do a full splits. At the gym I use one of these...

I avoid stretching after workout. It has caused cramps and even muscle injury.

I do stretch but only before workouts. Not after.
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