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2. Standing toe touch

This stretching exercise is meant to stretch your back and legs, but it may put too much pressure on the lower back for people over 40. In middle age, the joint that connects your lower back and hips begins to weaken, so straining it is not advisable. Bending over so deeply can also injure the neck and mess with your blood pressure.

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Instead: Try yoga. There are numerous poses that gently stretch the back without causing damage, including child’s pose, sphinx pose, and cat/cow. If you must do a standing toe touch, be sure to bend your knees slightly, and have something to grab onto if you feel dizzy upon standing.

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