How to Build Flexibility and Balance

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Hi, Dr. Clarke here with some tips to help you build flexibility and balance. Flexibility training uses low intensity the exercises to increase the total range of motion of a joint or group of joints. Flexibility and balance exercises can also lower the risk of muscle imbalances. These imbalances can throw off your body's movement and make you more susceptible to pain, falls and injury.

Here are some things to keep in mind, try a variety of stretches to improve your flexibility. Simple stretches are fine if you're short on time, organized exercises like pilates, yoga and tai chi can also make your routine more fun. If it hurts, stop. Stretching too far beyond your range of motion won't increase your flexibility.

It will only cause injury. Use your own comfort level and your abilities as your guide. Finally, do at least two to three sessions of balance and flexibility training, for a total of at least 60 minutes each week. For more ways to stay healthy and limber, watch all our smart tips right here.