5 Flexibility/Strength Tests You Need to Take Now

My Pa says old folks are prone to “prairie dog pose.” (He’s over 65 so he’s allowed to say this, and he should know, he fights it every day!) What he means is that once we reach a certain age, we tend to stand with our upper backs rounded, tummies relaxed, and the palms of our hands facing backwards, letting our shoulders roll forwards. The first time I saw a prairie dog after he said this, I had to laugh… the visual is true!

prairie dog

But on a serious note, posture like this is a result of a gradual loss of strength and flexibility in the upper and lower back, shoulders, and hamstrings.  Over time, it becomes harder and harder to look up, harder to reach up, and harder to get up. …

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Let’s Talk About Strength

Handstand

My mother put me in gymnastics when I was 7 years old, for 2 reasons:

1) because I was no good at ice-skating, and

2) so that when I was in high school I could do a back handspring and make the cheerleading squad.

Little did she know that gymnastics would “take” for me, and that by the time I was in high school and eligible for cheerleading, I was training with my local gymnastics team 16 hours a week and had no time for anything else. Besides, I loved the individually competitive nature of gymnastics- I always competed against myself first.  Of course I never considered any fitness aspect of gymnastics… the focus of my thoughts was geared more towards…

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