Most of us know that yoga is a great way to stay fit. But did you know that yoga can also keep your mind young as well? That’s right! Yoga provides more energy, vitality and improves your mood. Queen City Elder Care is here to point out just a few of the many health benefits of yoga for seniors.
- Increase Mobility – Since yoga directly helps flexibility by stretching targeted areas of the body, yoga can help seniors avoid stiffness and increase mobility.
- Minimalize Joint Damage – The Arthritis Foundation highly recommends yoga as a way to prevent joint damage from diseases such as osteoarthritis. Since yoga is a low impact activity, it is much gentler on the joints than other high impact exercises such as running. It may also help reduce fluid buildup in joints, which will ease pain.
- Improve Circulation – Yoga has been proven to lower one’s heart rate while improving circulation. Although you might not feel it as intensely as other exercises, yoga does get the heart pumping!
- Relieve Stress – The quiet peacefulness during a yoga routine is a great way to maintain a positive attitude and relieve stress. Within yoga, you are taught to breathe in positivity and breathe out all the stress of the day.
- Sleep Better – Harvard researchers have learned that yoga helps you fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night. Improved sleep quality has a number of health benefits for anyone.
Just remember, you are never too old to give yoga a try. Most yoga studios offer gentle or beginners yoga to help you ease into the practice. Namaste away!
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