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I used to be very fit, but my lifestyle has slowly become more sedentary so that I am now overweight and very inflexible

Because of this I am having more and more difficulty reaching my feet to put shoes and socks on and off, and to wash them and keep my nails trimmed

What I need is a regime of stretches that will make me more supple and flexible, so that I can "touch my toes" with improved ease

I would have thought the primary joints involved in this would be my hips, but I'm open to any suggestions

Is there anyone who can advise me?

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I am not sure about physiotherapists, but one solution that is over thousand years old is Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations.

One rep = two sets of yoga poses that give you a total body workout.

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If you are someone who doesn't like to exercise, or is short on time, Surya Namaskar is definately for you.

Recommended daily is 54 reps = 108 sets (according to Hindu numerology)

Gradually build up your endurance and stamina. I am currently at 33 reps and I notice improved flexibility and strength

Correction

One set is the 12 yoga poses that work both sides of the body.

Aim for 108 sets of 12. As of Aug 2016 I am on 72 sets of 12.

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  • "One rep = two sets" because you usually do both a right-version and a left-version of the pose. So on your even sets, read 'left' on steps (4) and (9) instead of 'right'. – LBogaardt Aug 9 '16 at 12:41
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I used to only be able to touch my knees. Within 2-3 months I learned how to touch my feet. I did this by two simple stretching exercises, but I made sure to do them regularly. The main trick was to build it into my daily-routine:

It only take me 2 minutes every day.

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