The following data represent an informed consent study of physical mobility in the elderly. Ten individuals, who previously had not been associated with our facility, agreed to a two month home program of our flexibility program.

Each subject was measured as indicated in the data, given a first edition copy of THE FLEXIBILITY MANUAL and instructed in the application of the active stretching procedures. After two months, each subject was measured again. Although bilateral uniformity was not achieved by each subject, everyone showed some gains, most unexpectedly in vital capacity although none had undertaken an aerobics program.

Unsolicited subjective analysis was that all subjects had benefitted from the study and had initiated an exercise program either on their own or at their YMCA.

One female subject had beginning symptoms of multiple sclerosis, another had severe scoliosis, and a third had a chronic back problem but were able to utilize the program.
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A blank space indicates that measurement was compromised by the subjects physical or medical condition.
indicates unmeasurable full range of motion
T indicates unmeasurable degree of tightness
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  AGE   WEIGHT HEIGHT WAIST CHEST VITAL CAPACITY VENTRAL QUADRICEPS HIP EXT ILIOTIBIAL BAND ADDUCTORS HAMSTRINGS DORSAL DORSI ANKLE PLANTAR ANKLE SHOULDER SIDE BEND HEAD ROT. % FAT % H2O
                  RT LT RT LT RT LT RT LT RT LT   RT LT RT LT RT LT RT LT    
MALE 74 BEFORE 199 71.5 39 2 2300 13 128 128 1 1 30 35 128 122 5.5 5 7 43 44   22 22 40 45 16 59
    AFTER 193.25   42 2.5 3000 15.5 120 118 3 3 35 35 136 130 7 7 14 46 48   22 23 55 65 17 59
MALE 68 BEFORE 157 68.5 32.5 2.5 1800 13 132 125 0 0 35 35 136 133 6 8 10 40 40 22.5 22.75 60 70  
  AFTER 158 32.5 2.5 3950 12 127 124 0 0 32 32 148 145 7 21 18 33 34 21 21.5 56 60 15 63
MALE 63 BEFORE 213 72.75 40.5 2.5 3025 17 119 120 8 10 T 30 30 156 155 11.5 16 16 45 42   22 22.5 50 50 16 59
    AFTER 210   40.5 3.5 4300 21.5 125 115 6 5 T 35 35 170 166 12.5 19 18 42 40   22.75 23.5 50 66 16 59
MALE 69 BEFORE 144 67 34 7 3500 16.5 133 132 10 10 40 40 156 159 17 11 15 48 40 117 18 18 50 55 18 61
  AFTER 141 32.5 8.5 4300 19 128 132 10 10 40 40 170 175 20 19 18 35 38 114.5 19 19 50 55 18 62
MALE 67 BEFORE 136.5 66 32.5 4.5 4150 14 130 126 13 8 30 35 167 161 12.5 18 14 42 44   16.5 16     32 54
    AFTER 136.5   31 5 4100 14 132 122 18 16 40 35 174 173 18 20 18 48 50   15.5 14.5        
FEMALE 56 BEFORE 134.5 66.75 27 3.5 3600 117 110 0 0 35 30 131 120 -2 7 7 35 35 22 22 40 40 24 56
  AFTER 133 27 4.5 3525 118 113 0 0 35 30 134 125 4.5 7 8 37 37 21 21.5 40 40  
FEMALE 75 BEFORE 161 64.5 39 2 1950 9.5 124 114 5 6 T T 35 40 144 135 3.5 2 2 47 46   19.5 18.75 40 47 34 46
    AFTER 160 65 39 2 2300 10 103 114 2 4 T T 35 35 147 138 5 9 9 51 48   19.25 19 50 50 33 48
FEMALE 56 BEFORE 178 62.75 34.25 1 2550 11 102 101 5 5 T T 30 35 174 160 15 3 16 55 52 20 20.5 35 45 35 46
  AFTER 178 37 1 3000 12 106 108 4 7 T T 35 35 180 175 16 8 15 58 60 19.25 19.25 40 50  
MALE 72 BEFORE 193 67 39.75 1.5 4100 18 105 127 9 8 T T 32 35 141 143 13 13 10 35 32 119 17.75 18.5 50 50 20 56
    AFTER 193   40 1.5 4200 19 123 122 8 6 T T 32 35 155 154 15 15 17 35 32 118 17.5 18 43 47    
FEMALE 72 BEFORE 118 60 31.25 2 1900 10 130 123 0 5 T 32 32 141 143 0 0 4 45 45 114 22.25 22.5 50 60 32 51
    AFTER 119.25   33.75 2 1700 10.5 126 123 4 6 33 33 143 150 6 6 5 46 46 108 22 22 55 60