Simple Stretches for the individuals who don't like to stretch!
I just wrote an article on some simple stretches you can do before engaging in physical activity. Since Achilles, Groin, Calves are prevalent injuries for individuals 40+, I thought I would write an article addressing that part of the body. What do you suggest? Here is the link to my article: http://kisardhillon.com/?p=1040
A good movement (especially for women with pevic floor issues) is flowing through lateral lunges to wide-legged squats to the other side in a lateral lunge and then back to center squat and up. This helps open the hips, but can also really strengthen the pelvic floor.
The main thing is to make sure the muscles are warm and movements are controlled. This can help any client see major gains in strength AND flexibility.
To clarify the strength loss from stretching- Muscles can weaken temporarily after static stretching (FACT), more importantly is the fact that studies are not even looking at possible side effects (weakening) of muscles in areas (joints) away from the actual muscles being stretched. For example: what if you stretch your right hamstring and a study looks at your leg curl strength after the stretch? Who cares, what if stretching your right hamstring makes your right gluteus medius go weak? How would you know? Don't be so narrow focused, your big toe is connected to the fascia on your forehead...