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4 F I T 2 0 1 7 - 2 0 1 8 By Jenny Kiefer Photos by Aaron Kingsbury and Adam Mescan 20 OR YOUNGER Common injuries: sports injuries, typically sprains/strains or from overuse "It is common for young adults to avoid stretching, or to do so haphazardly, because they are young and don't notice as many restrictions in their mobility. Daily stretching would be optimal, but I specifically recommend a proper warm-up and cool- down with athletic activity to help reduce the risk of injury. Outside of athletics, stretching should focus on correcting bad posture. The three basic stretches I recommend are the doorway chest stretch (one arm at a time), hamstring stretch and a hip-flexor stretch to combat the effects of long periods of sitting. "Another recommendation is to pay attention to little injuries you acquire and take time and effort to heal them. It is very common for young athletes to ignore the pain or 'push through it' and not get proper rest or treatment. Those little injuries have a tendency to come back with a vengeance with age. "In addition, I am seeing an increasing number of high school and young college students who are suffering from postural-related pain syndromes. More time is being spent on laptops, tablets and phones and less time being active. Unless a child or teen is involved in athletics, they We asked chiropractic-care specialist Sarah Murrow what people in different age ranges should be doing to maintain, or improve, their fitness and health. "No matter what your age," Murrow says, "you should be working on flexibility, strength training and overall mobility. Advances in medicine are helping us live longer lives. It is up to us as individuals to put more life into those years." don't tend to get much physical activity at all. I think the most important thing in general for people under the age of 20 is to get up and move. It is much easier to start with a healthy lifestyle and maintain it as you age than it is to change decades of poor habits." 20s TO 30s Common injuries: posture- related strain; sprains/strains or overuse; disc injuries; car accidents "Generally speaking, people at this age are becoming increasingly focused on careers and families. Those things take priority, and things like sleep and exercise and healthy eating get pushed to the back burner. Focusing on forming good, healthy habits is crucial. Daily exercise has to become a priority. With all of the different classes, videos and low-cost gyms that are available now, it is much easier to find something that works with your schedule and your interests. "Learning to manage stress is especially crucial for this group. Between school, starting a career and dating or starting a family, it is very easy to get into a survival mode and not focus enough on health. Chronic stress has been linked to a variety of diseases and health problems, so taking control of it is very important, especially at this point in life. Yoga, meditation, exercise, breathing exercises and journaling are a few recommended ways to help handle the inevitable stress in life. "I won't go into detail on every ergonomic recommendation I have, but I will point out two of the most common problems I see. First, in this mobile world, it is very common to see people using laptops exclusively for their TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY AT EVERY AGE. AND EIGHT WOMEN DOING JUST THAT.

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