4 exercises to find out the actual age of your body 4 exercises to find out the actual age of your body
Ever wondered why you could no longer ease into a position as easily as before? As we grow older, our natural flexibility reduces and... 4 exercises to find out the actual age of your body

Ever wondered why you could no longer ease into a position as easily as before? As we grow older, our natural flexibility reduces and our joints stiffen. You may be able to do a split when you were a child, but now that you’re an adult, it’s almost an impossible possible position for you.

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This is also the reason why many people believe that ballerinas and gymnasts should begin training at a young age.

Now, begin with your regular warm-up exercises and let’s find out your body’s actual age!

1. Spine flexibility

  • How?

With your feet together, straighten your knees and slowly bend forwards to reach the ground. Go into this position:

reach toes

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And slowly proceed to place your entire palm on the floor.

  • Yes, I did it!

This means that your body is less than 25 years old, and still retains good flexibility. Even if you could only reach the ground with your fingers, it is good enough. All you need is more practise.

  • I can’t do it.

If you cannot reach beyond your ankles, your body’s flexibility is lacking and it’s high time you start working out! Tight muscles in the back and lower body may be the cause of your back aches. Improving your flexibility can effectively reduce the pain and discomfort. The lack of flexibility also makes you more prone to injury, as having stiff muscles restricts your range of motion, making it easier for you to overexert your limits.

2. Neck and shoulder flexibility

  • How?

Kneel down against a wall, and slowly arch your back backwards, ensuring that your hips are squared and facing directly towards the wall. Straighten your shoulders and try to reach your heels. Go into this position:

back bend

Photo: Pinterest

  • Yes, I did it!

If you managed to reach your heels easily while your back is smoothly arched, congratulations! You have a body of a teenager!

  • I can’t do it.

If trying to reach for your heels prove to be too much of a challenge, you can support your back with your hands instead. This shows that your upper body is stiff and has aged. Having flexible shoulders are very important because it increases your strength and reduces the pressure exerted on your bones and joints. Ensuring that you stretch your shoulder regularly (especially before a workout) minimizes joint and muscle injuries.

3. Hip joint flexibility

  • How?

Sit on the floor with both your legs extended infront of you. Straighten your knees so that there is no gaps between your knees and the floor. Flex your toes towards you and raise your hands above your head. Slowly bend your body forward, extending your body over your legs as much as possible. Touch your knee with your forehead and stay for at least a minute.

sit and reach

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  • Yes, I can do it!

Impressive! This shows that your joints are flexible and your body is well stretched. You have a body of a teenager!

  • I can’t do it.

If you feel a tight strain, or that your knees buckle up involuntarily when you reach forward, your joints are not flexible and the muscles on the back of your thighs are really stiff. Long periods of sitting can cause the stiffening of hip joints, restricting your range of motion. Having poor hip joint flexibility also puts a strain on your back muscles as you end up lifting things using the wrong muscles. Keep practising this exercises and strecth daily to improve your body flexibility.

4. Knee joint flexibility

  • How?

Keeping your feet together, go down into a planking position. Straighten your arms, ensuring that they are about a shoulder width apart. Go into this position:

plank

Thereafter, slowly lower your heel as you bend your hips and shift your weight backwards. Your body should look like a triangle when viewed from the side. Ensure that your knees are not bent, and your back is straight while your hands are straight and extended. Rest your head on the floor.

pyramid

  • Yes, I can do it!

Impressive! This shows that your body remains young, and that you’ve been working out properly!

  • I can’t do it.

If you find that your elbows, knees and backs tend to bend while you perform this position, it means that your body is at least 30 years old. You can do better with endurance and more practise!

If you completely fail at going into this position, your body is more than 50 years old. It is crucial to keep your knee joints flexible, as we depend on our knees a lot for our daily activities. Your knees can get injured or sore if over utilized without taking precautions to maintain their conditions. This is also the reason why many people suffer knee problems when they age.

How did you fair in the above exercises? Is your body’s age on par with your actual age? If you found that you couldn’t do most of the exercises listed above, this is a sign to start working out and stretching for your physical wellness!

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Iris Tan

Iris Tan

A cup of steaming hot tea, an engaging motivational book and a sleeping cat in her lap – these are what Iris envisions a purr-fect life would be. To be more precise, the cat’s got to be chubby and short. When she’s not wasting her time on the never ending streams of feline videos, Iris enjoys daydreaming and doodling in her bullet journal while she wonders about the endless possibilities life can bring.

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