Will I lose flexibility as I age?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Loss of flexibility is common with aging. Dr. Oz explains in this video what happens in the body to cause this loss of limberness.

Yes, unfortunately older adults will gradually lose flexibility with age. Aging affects the joints predominantly due to structural changes occurring within the joint complex. Structural changes and a weakening of joints with age include microtear, calcification, and an increase in cross-linking within joint collagen. In fact, the shortening of tendons and ligaments reduces joint range of motion by as much as 25%, while cross-linking leads to stiffness. Following a systematic and progressive flexibility training program, such as that suggested by NASM, flexibility loss can be delayed.

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