Growing older can also carry many challenges. Physically, it becomes harder to keep the extra weight off, the risk of life-threatening illnesses, such as diabetes and certain types of cancer also increases with age. Joint stress, osteoarthritis, and other types of pain will also commonly surface as you age. But yoga has many benefits that can help ease the challenges created by aging, we’ve put together 3 of the main benefits yoga can have.
Yoga Improves Flexibility and Joint Health
If you’re looking for a gentle exercise that increases flexibility, yoga is a great option. Flexibility exercises such as hot yoga are great if your joints tend to be achy or stiff. In a study that looked at the effectiveness of yoga as an exercise to manage osteoarthritis in elderly women, researchers found that it provided therapeutic benefits.
Not only can these low-impact moves loosen your muscles, they can also tone your supporting muscles and help prevent injury.
Yoga Improves Respiration
With age comes respiratory limitations and reduced tolerance to physical exertion. Anything that reduces oxygen in the respiratory system can have negative effects on the mind and body. Recent studies have shown that a 12-week yoga program significantly improved respiratory function in elderly women.
Breathing is the foundation of life. Humans can go weeks without food, but you can’t go more than a few minutes without breath, so it’s a good idea to keep your respiratory system in tip-top shape at any age. Fierce Grace Brixton focus on teaching breathing exercises that you can take with you anywhere and practice even outside of the studio.
Yoga Reduces High Blood Pressure
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to cardiovascular disease and is the second leading cause of kidney disease. Recent studies have found that yoga reduces oxidative stress in the elderly. Oxidative stress is one of the underlying causes of high blood pressure and, especially for seniors, is a strong risk factor for heart attacks.
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