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Flexibility Matters To Combat Ageing

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

The Key Role Of Flexibility In Standing Up


Flexibility training plays a crucial role in improving mobility, range of motion, and overall functional fitness, which can make standing up from the floor easier and more graceful.



Flexibility training example stretching hips for easier floor to stand
Flexibility training example stretching hips for easier floor to stand


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Some of the challenges people often face when trying to stand up from the floor, include stiffness, limited range of motion, and muscle tightness, in addition to strength and balance addressed previous blog posts.


Muscle tightness, or decreased flexibility, can make standing from the floor more difficult and affect overall mobility.


Why is it so important to be able to get up off the floor easily?


1/ If you fall you need to be able to get yourself up independently if there is no one around or no furniture to pull yourself up on.


2/ You will have difficulty looking after your Grandchildren, cleaning, picking up low objects, including items dropped on the floor and will start to loose self confidence, self esteem and may feel awkward or embarrassed.


3/ If you are unable to get up off the floor there is are also a number of other day to day tasks which will also become increasingly difficult, if not already.


4/ The reasons for difficulty getting up off the floor will also start to impact your health detrimentally causing muscle wasting, weight gain, loss of bone density, joint stiffness and pain.



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Importance of flexibility for floor to stand


Flexibility training can enhance the physical abilities needed to stand up from the floor with ease and grace.


Benefits of flexibility for ease of standing


The advantages of flexibility training include improved joint health, increased muscle elasticity, less stiffness and soreness and enhanced overall functional performance.


Muscles become tight due to lack of exercise, movements placing stretch on muscles and static postures day after day.


“Use it or you Loose it!”


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Flexibility training for standing up


Benefits of flexibility for ease of standing

There are several different types of flexibility exercises that can be beneficial for standing up from the floor. These include static stretching, (holding the stretch), dynamic stretching, (moving in and out of the stretch), yoga poses, muscle release with a foam roller or tennis ball and joint mobility exercises.



Yoga practice can improve hip muscle flexibility to improve ability to sit on the floor and stand from the floor with greater ease
Yoga practice can improve hip muscle flexibility to improve ability to sit on the floor and stand from the floor with greater ease


Enhancing functional fitness through flexibility for standing


Examples of flexibility exercises that target key muscle groups involved in standing up from the floor are exercises that promote flexibility in the lower body, are hip stretches, hamstring stretches, and calf stretches.


Proper technique and correct alignment is important when performing flexibility exercises to maximise benefits and prevent injury.


Progress the flexibility exercises over time by gradually increasing the duration or intensity of the stretches.


It is important to warm up before performing flexibility exercises and be careful not to overstretch or push beyond your limitations, to avoid injury.


Go for a brisk walk to increase circulation to the leg muscles before stretching, as warm muscles are less likely to pull or tear and stretch more easily.


Listen to your body and how you are responding to the flexibility exercises and consult with a Physiotherapist if you have any underlying conditions or concerns.


Ensure you always follow the instructions in your program to perform exercises safely at all times.


If you experience joint pain stop, check you are performing the movement correctly, as instructed and if correct and still painful consult a Physiotherapist.


Always prioritise safety and respect your bodies' limits.


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Benefits of flexibility for ease of standing


Flexibility training provides significant results for standing up from the floor with ease and grace.


If you have no current injuries or conditions have a go at the exercises to improve floor to stand with ease through flexibility training, in the link below:


Exercises for graceful standing from the floor with flexibility



How did you go?


How is your flexibility?


Which of the flexibility exercises for getting up from the floor did you find most challenging?


Which of the above is your favourite exercise and why?


Which of the above is your least favourite exercise and why?


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In our previous BLOG posts we discussed some of the other reasons why you are struggling to get up off the floor and the solutions.


Our following BLOG posts will offer more reasons and the solutions to feel more confident and youthful.


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Emma Najman, NDIS and Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor and Yoga Therapist
Emma Najman, NDIS and Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor and Yoga Therapist



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