This week’s tip comes from Body Within Personal Training who partners with Ideal on many of our wellness objectives.

It’s good to be strong, but if you’re not flexible and pliable you’re not conditioned… and conditioned bodies move well as they age! Consistent stretching of tight muscles helps keep them lengthened while relieving soreness and pain. Stretching also helps to keep the “mind your muscle” connection strong which allows muscles to work more efficiently. Here are some simple stretches that can be used daily:

  • Active Leg Raise
  • Cat/Cow
  • Chest Opener Stretch
  • Child’s Pose
  • Coat Sleeves
  • Cobra Stretch
  • Dynamic Leg Swing
  • Hip & Shoulder Stretch


Always remember to breathe throughout the stretch, as this allows muscles to relax and gain a greater range of motion. All stretches are typically held for a minimum of 10 seconds; however, you may hold for a longer duration, especially if it feels good. You will experience some discomfort while stretching, but PAIN is not acceptable and you should STOP. Check out Body Within’s webpage at for demonstrations of these stretches (and many more!) in the video library “Stretches” section.