WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- Flexibility is important for everyday movements such as getting in and out of a chair and maintaining balance to keep from falling, a U.S. health official says.
Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, said many people become less active as they age and muscles lose their integrity.
Without muscle integrity, it becomes harder to move and maintain health, especially in older people, Pfohl said.
"More than one-third of adults age 65 or older fall each year. That's huge," Pfohl said in a statement. "Continuing to walk, to participate in classes like tai chi or yoga really helps us keep that flexibility, that mobility, that's so important."
Taking steps to become more flexible will help anyone put one leg in front of the other, Pfohl advised.