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Expert Tip: Stretch and Walk It Out! 

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With warmer weather heading our way (and hopefully, staying!), it’s important to begin or continue walking trips and daily stretches.  

Director of Senior Adult Services Susan Bradley-Meyer understands the importance of daily stretching.  

“Most sports are about strength, endurance, even speed, but flexibility is extremely underrated,” Bradley-Meyer said. “It shouldn’t be! Medical professionals alike say that stretching daily is important for physical and mental health.” 

The Mayerson JCC 60 & Better Center offers 30-minute stretch classes to help with your flexibility. No matter your age, it’s important to stretch so you can work to prevent loss of mobility and improve your quality of life.  

Another tip is to walk more. Walking also helps with maintaining your quality of sleep.  

AARP suggests walking first thing in the morning as exposure to early light helps reset your natural circadian rhythm. In fact, a study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 75 who walked briskly for 30 minutes in the morning were 70 percent less likely to have trouble falling asleep. 

If you’re looking for more opportunities to walk, the 60 & Better center offers a walking club meet up at the Amberley outdoor track.   

You can meet up with old friends or make some new ones while staying healthy! 

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