There are many physical and mental health benefits of practicing yoga regularly. Yoga is something that is accessible to all, and seniors are no exception. Yoga is a beginner friendly form of exercise and can be modified to any skill level — even for those with limited mobility. The benefits of yoga for seniors is especially appealing given some of the health conditions seniors face.
When practiced regularly, yoga has been shown to have the following benefits.
Improves Flexibility and Joint Health
Millions of seniors suffer from joint pain as the risk of diseases like arthritis increase with age. Also, it is normal for people to lose some flexibility as they age. Yoga is a form of stretching which improves flexibility while at the same time helping with joint pain. Yoga loosens and tones muscles around joints and can help prevent injuries.
According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65 or older fall each year. Falls can be particularly dangerous for senior due to health conditions like osteoporosis. A regular yoga routine helps seniors with balance and stability. Many yoga poses are aimed at improving balance and stability. While yoga can help prevent falls, it can also aid in recovery from a fall.
Reduces High Blood Pressure
Certain yoga poses may be excellent tools to help reduce high blood pressure by reducing oxidative stress in the body. There is some evidence that oxidative stress is an underlying cause of high blood pressure. Yoga can further reduce hypertension as it helps with stress and its impact on the body.
Helps with Anxiety
Anxiety can cause a lot of stress on the body as well as other health conditions such as inflammation. Managing anxiety is a crucial aspect of achieving good health. Yoga coupled with specific breathing techniques can have a positive effect on a senior’s physical and mental health. Yoga can also be a fun social event for seniors, which can also help reduce anxiety.
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