Author(s): Karl Knopf
An easy-to-start program for maintaining a mobile, active, and healthy lifestyle after 50 and beyond
Designed to meet your unique needs, the carefully modified stretches in this book are easy to learn and safe to perform at any age. Regardless of your current fitness level,50+ Stretching shows how to substantially improve flexibility by incorporating basic stretches into your life. The exercises in this book can reverse years of muscle tightening, helping you perform daily activities without pain and enjoy sports and leisure activities without injury. Fully illustrated with step-by-step photos and clear captions, the stretches cover all muscle groups, including problem areas such as neck, lower back, and hands. In addition, the author includes tips, cautions and techniquesfor properly performing each stretch. Also among the book's exclusive features are the "supereasy" variations designed for the 60-and-older individuals with limited mobility. By incorporating helpful props such as a chair, sofa, or elastic strap, these stretches are a safe way to begin gaining flexibility and are the perfect stepping stone to the book's other stretches.
Dr. Karl Knopf, or Dr. Karl, as his students used to call him, has been involved in the health and fitness of older adults and the disabled for over 40 years. During this time he has worked in almost every aspect of the industry, from personal training and therapy to consultation. While at Foothill College, Karl was the coordinator of the Adaptive Fitness Tech-nician Program and Life Long Learning Institute. He taught disabled students and undergraduates about corrective exercise. In addition to teaching, Karl developed the "Fitness Educators of Older Adults Association" to guide trainers of older adults. Currently Karl is a director at the International Sports Science Association and is on the advisor board of PBS's Sit and Be Fit show.