How many months until you reach diminishing returns stretching?

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  1. Kung Fu Wang

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    When you do a right outside crescent kick, if your right hand cannot touch your foot, your flexibility is not good. Also your jumping ability will get worse when you get older.

    You should start your stretching when you were young. You then try to maintain for the rest of your life,
     
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    this comes up every 6 months or so and someone posts a vid of someone in there 60s in remarkable physical shape as proof that age does not diminish and its nonsence,

    these people do indeed exist but they make up a tiny fraction of 1% of the 60 year old on the planet,

    which can only leave you with three possible conclusions,

    1) it's a rare genetic abnormality,
    2) its extremly difficult to do
    3) both of the above

    my fitness has dropped of a cliff in the last 6 months or so and I'm still the second fittest 60 yo I know( and I know a lot), the first is my sister, which lends weight to it being genetic

    but we are also both ultra competitive,I sent her a msg of my bike ride, 20 miles which I was really pleased with, she immediately got her bike out and did 25( and faster) and msg me back being smug, so I'm going for 30 this week,, so maybe it is number 3
     
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    Great to hear from you Jobo.

    I fully agree with the rarity of such things. Can and should everyone exercise up until the day they die. Absolutely. Will it look lithe the workouts from their senior year in high school? Of course not.
     
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    No matter how much I stretched, I never reached that level of flexibility. I suspect this t was the result of all the distance running from a young age.
     
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    trick is hand positioning lol.
     
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    When you do stretching, do you put your foot on a table, use the other side of your hand to hold the bottom of your foot?

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    I need longer arms?? :eek: :p
     
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    That was not a stretch I could do except at my most flexible. The picture was never within my range, or even close.
     
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    When you do right front kick, can your left hand be able to touch your right foot instep?

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    The way we do a front kick, that wouldn’t be possible, anyway, but no I can’t (not sure I ever could) do what’s in that gif. I can kick that high, but not while reaching forward like that.
     
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    You don't lose strength, barring injuries and wear and tear to your hands that can come with age(carpel, arthritis etc) but you definitely slow down. A lot. On average this process starts around your late 40s and by age 60 can decrease from an average of 600k fibres to 300k fibres.123
     

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