The Flexibility Workout for Active Exercisers

By Micaela Young |

It only takes 10 minutes to feel and move better every day. Just press play and follow along with this stretching routine!

Most people are well aware of the benefits of strength training and cardio, but flexibility workouts rarely get the credit they deserve. When your muscles are flexible, they’re better able to handle whatever you throw at them—from tennis, hiking, and dancing to walking up a flight of stairs or picking something up off the floor.

“Stretching helps keep you limber, strong, and able to respond quickly, says SilverSneakers LIVE instructor Andi Kwapien. Plus, it helps relieve achy joints and sore muscles—which is something people of all fitness levels can appreciate.

So, what does a flexibility workout look like? We’ll show you! Simply press play on the follow-along flexibility routine above to get one step closer to feeling—and moving—your best. Bonus: It only takes 10 minutes!

How the Flexibility Workout for Active Exercisers Works

All you need is some open floor space, comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely, and a sturdy chair. You can set up next to a wall for additional support if you’d like. Feeling safe and confident on your feet will allow you to focus on getting the best stretch, so do whatever you need for peace of mind.

This workout includes a mix of static holds and gentle exercises that move your joints through their full range of motion. The latter is called dynamic stretching, and it “helps us get a little bit more mobility and flexibility,” Andi says. This is especially true for anyone who spends a lot of time sitting—your hips will thank you.

As you follow along, pay attention to what you’re feeling, and choose the depth for each stretch that’s right for you. The goal is to “find the sweet spot,” Andi says, or the point at which you feel slight tension in the muscles you are lengthening, but never pain.

Listen for Andi’s cues, as she’ll offer tips to deepen each pose if you want more of a stretch or guide you on where you should be feeling it.

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As always, safety is key. The exercises here may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. If you have a chronic condition, an injury, or balance issues, talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely.

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