Yoga is a mental, spiritual and physical discipline that originated in ancient India. People practiced yoga to seek a permanent state of peace, to alleviate health problems and to reduce stress. Today, the exercise is practiced all around the world by people of all ages. The great thing about yoga is that it is customizable for each individual person, thus making it the perfect exercise for aging individuals. Yoga has also proved to be beneficial in preventing or controlling health problems that come with old age. Check out some these benefits below.
The Benefits Of Yoga For Seniors And The Elderly
Oct. 28, 2013 | Melody Wilding
For older adults battling osteoporosis, arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments, staying strong, healthy, and active can be a challenge.
Research shows that a modified yoga practice can be an effective therapy for improving health and wellbeing for seniors and the elderly.
Provides Low-Impact Exercise
The slow, gentle movements involved with yoga are an excellent for helping older adults with limited mobility integrate movement and physical exercise into their lives. Unlike weight training, yoga is low-impact, easy on joints, and has a low risk for injury.
Yoga stretches the body, which can help seniors maintain good range of motion as they age and prevent against fails. In fact there is an old yogic saying that goes ‘the body is as young as the spine is flexible’. Food for thought!
Lowers blood pressure
A recent study found that adults who did yoga 2 to 3 times per week for 6 months experienced a statistically significant drop in blood pressure, demonstrating that yoga could have a positive effect on those with hypertension, especially when used in conjunction with other lifestyle modifications including a healthy diet.
About one-half of all seniors report sleeping problems including insomnia and late-night wakefulness. Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that yoga actually helps people fall asleep more quickly stay asleep throughout the night. Breathing and relaxation techniques that make up the backbone of yoga practice translates in to improved sleep quality.
Overmedication is a widespread problem among the aging population, especially for those who suffer with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. The average senior fills about 14 prescriptions per year. Luckily those battling with chronic pain can turn to yoga for a medication-free way to address aches and find relief. In numerous research studies, patients practicing yoga have seen reductions in joint pain, muscle stiffness and overall physical discomfort. Fluid movement allow swollen joints to glide smoothly over one another which helps promote relief.
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When practicing yoga, it is important to know and understand your body and its limitations. It is never a good idea to push your body beyond comfort as it could expose you to injury. Yoga can only be effective if practiced properly.