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What effect does aging have on my ligaments and tendons?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

Tendons and ligaments shorten and become less flexible with aging, so it is important to maintain flexibility with stretching exercises. Better flexibility means less stiffness, fewer injuries, and easier overall movement.

So the message is that as you go through life and do that aging thing, remember, you're not off the hook as you get older. You still need exercise. In fact, you need it more than ever. No matter what your age, you will continue to get all of the same health benefits of exercise.

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