As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain flexibility, strength, and functional performance for overall health and well-being. Recent research has delved into the effects of different exercise interventions, specifically static stretching, dynamic stretching, and eccentric exercises, on muscle-tendon properties and functional performance in older women.
Here’s a breakdown of the findings:
- Static Stretching: This involves holding a stretch position for a prolonged period. A study conducted over six weeks demonstrated improvements in hamstring flexibility and passive ankle dorsiflexion in older women who engaged in home-based static stretching . While static stretching may enhance flexibility, it’s essential to note that it should be combined with other forms of exercise for comprehensive benefits.
- Dynamic Stretching: Unlike static stretching, dynamic stretching involves continuous movement through a full range of motion. Healthline notes that dynamic stretching can help improve flexibility, mobility, and blood flow to muscles . Incorporating dynamic stretching into a routine may offer additional benefits beyond static stretching alone.
- Eccentric Exercises: These exercises focus on lengthening muscles while under tension, which can help improve strength and muscle-tendon properties. Recent findings suggest that eccentric strength training can be as effective as, or even more advantageous than, concentric training . Older women may benefit from including eccentric exercises in their regimen to enhance muscle function and overall performance.
Combining these exercise modalities in a balanced routine tailored to individual needs and abilities may yield the most significant benefits for older women. Consulting with a healthcare professional or certified trainer can help develop a safe and effective exercise program that addresses specific goals and concerns.
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