As you get older, your toes may seem farther away. Stretching to reach them can take a lot more effort than it once did. But while it may be tempting to shrug and assume that losing flexibility is just a cost of aging, it’s nothing to take in stride. It can affect your balance and your posture. It can even make you more prone to chronic pain.
For example, tight hamstrings behind your knees can cause a pelvic misalignment that makes your lower back hurt. A lack of flexibility might also make you more prone to injury.
“In general, a lot of us have bad posture and poor range of motion,” says Dr. Lauren Elson, an instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.
How can you improve flexibility?