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Yoga and its Aging Benefits

By April 23, 2015Archives

Yoga has plenty of physical and mental benefits for any person no matter their age. It’s a fun, healthy activity for older adults, however, it’s important to ensure they’re not overexerting themselves. It’s possible to pull, strain, or tear a muscle trying to perform a pose that’s too difficult to complete. Nevertheless, if done right, yoga is a great way to keep your elderly loved one in shape and mentally sharp. Below please find some great benefits of yoga.

Prevent Osteoporosis

It may seem counterintuitive to do strenuous yoga poses when you’re suffering from osteoporosis. It seems like yoga would hurt more than it would help in this situation, but as long as an older adult is not trying to strain themselves too much, most of the lighter poses are good for bone health. There have been studies done, among the elderly population, that observe the bone density of an individual before they do yoga, compared to their bone density after they’ve done yoga regularly for two years. Surprisingly, the individuals’ bone density did not decrease, and for some, saw an increase.

Improved Sleep

Older adults with chronic arthritis and other joint/bone ailments often have trouble sleeping at night. It’s very difficult to shut your mind off when your body is constantly in pain. Luckily, there have been plenty of studies that link yoga to improved sleep. This includes people with insomnia, cancer survivors, and adults afflicted with arthritis and osteoporosis. Yoga is a wholesome form of exercise that improves a lot of aspects of your body which includes your mind. It’s a good stress reliever and leaves you feeling refreshed. As a result, it’s much easier to sleep at night if you’re a regular yoga practitioner.

Sharper Mentally

As we mentioned in the previous section, yoga is a wholesome exercise that can strengthen body and mind. When you’re feeling fit and flexible, you feel energized, and less drowsy throughout the day. Yoga is a mind, body, and soul workout that is meant to improve all aspects of your live. If your elderly loved one needs a new way to exercise, try finding a yoga class near you!

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