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Over 35 Yoga, Stretching, Flexibility, Mobility Routines?


#1

To all the 35+,
What does everyone do for flexibility and or mobility?
Until recently I would spend 5-10 minutes doing some basic work before training. Recently due to some knee pain I’ve cut back on the treadmill ( my winter cardio work) and started a more dedicated stretching program. My hope was to try some beginning yoga, but after about 3 minutes I was in way over my head. I’m now progressing from the “warm up stretches”to being able to do a little bit. It’s been about 4 weeks.
Feeling a little less general soreness and slightly more mobility.
I’ve tried things like this in the past with little lasting success.
Anyone else have any experience with yoga?


#2

I’ve never done it as a discipline, but only for the effects certain movements deliver.

Downward dog for upper back realignment
Cobra for scapular stability
I don’t know the name of the one where you stretch up as high as you can, like you’re trying to touch the ceiling…

Tai Chi movements are good for strength-in-extension too in some ways.


#3

My ex-wife taught yoga. I was never good at it, but I still do some of the stretches in the morning. And just touching toes and doing knee bends help, too.


#4

I used to be big into circus arts and flexibility - had front splits, back bridge, etc. Generally I’d spend 15 minutes a night stretching, bumping it to 30 on days I didn’t workout.

Flexibility improves through repetition. You don’t need to do a lot, do it often.


#5

I love doing stretches and yoga poses for about 15minutes but I do them in the middle of my gym time. More for a rest or break between say back and chest.


#6

To add a bit more… finding yoga for men, who are a little older, but not nursing home , is a little challenging. I did find a little bit on YouTube I liked.
Any recommendations appreciated.