How Flexible Are You?

Use these tests to see how bendy you are.

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Stiffness increases your chance of aches and pains, since other body parts have to compensate for what your joints can't do. Use these tests to see how bendy you are (your grade may be different for each).

Try this with your upper body:

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Identify the letter next to the drawing that looks most like you.

Try this with your lower body:

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Identify the letter next to the drawing that looks most like you.

How You Scored

If you look like A: Your joints don't have a full range of motion, which may bring on aches or injuries—or you may already be hurt. See a doc if you did worse than expected.

If you look like B: You'll get through your normal routine just fine, but stretch daily so you don't lose ground.

If you look like C: Congrats—you're super-stretchy. Keep it up.

How to Improve

Upper Body

Use the test above as your daily conditioning move. If your hands don't meet, grab the ends of a towel. Hold for 20 seconds, release, and repeat 3 times on both sides.

Lower Body

Do nightly: Sit on the floor, legs out in front of you. Hook a towel around the arches of your feet; hold the ends. Keeping your back flat, draw your torso toward your feet until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3 times.

This story originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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