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The Reality of Getting Flexible: Navigating Experts' Recommendations and Finding Your Own Way.

Getting flexible at middle age is no easy feat. As we age, our bodies become less malleable and more prone to injury. And yet, the benefits of flexibility are numerous, from improving posture and reducing back pain to enhancing athletic performance and reducing stress. So, what's a person to do?

The experts recommend consistent stretching, ideally for at least 10-15 minutes per day. But is that enough? And what if you don't see progress? I've been researching stretching programs and they all promise results, but I can't help but wonder, what is reality?

As someone who never had the splits and prioritized sports like basketball over ballet, I'm starting from scratch. And it's not easy. Some days I feel like I'm making progress, and other days it feels like I'm back at square one. I know that progress is measured in small increments, but is there anything smaller than a millimeter?

And then there's the fear of overstretching. The experts warn against pushing too hard and causing injury, but how do I know when I'm pushing too far? What warning signs should I look out for?

So, I turn to my pole and aerial community for advice. What has been your experience with getting flexible at middle age? Have you found any stretching programs or techniques particularly helpful? Have you encountered any setbacks or injuries along the way?

I know that everyone's journey is unique, but hearing from others who have been through it can be both informative and encouraging. So, let's hear it, pole and aerial fam. What's your reality when it comes to getting flexible at middle age?


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