When we think of getting older, we often think of aching bones and creaky joints. But aging doesn’t always have to come with the promise of dreaded health problems. One great way to manage health as you age is through low-impact exercise like pilates, water aerobics and yoga.
Before diving into any exercise or yoga pose, seniors should always take the proper precautions to stay safe and prevent injury during a workout.
The Many Benefits of Yoga for Senior Wellbeing and Health
Of course, yoga offers incredible health benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. But for seniors, those benefits are magnified.
Here are just some of the many ways yoga can improve a senior’s health:
- Stronger joints and better mobility: Studies have found yoga to be an effective tool for managing pain in women with knee osteoarthritis. Yoga works to improve flexibility and strengthen muscles, which can reduce pain and prevent future injury or relapse.
- Lower blood pressure levels: Hypertension is a common concern with seniors, but yoga has been found to help! High blood pressure is often caused by high levels of oxidative stress, which is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. For those who practice yoga regularly, oxidative stress seems to be much lower, thereby reducing blood pressure.
- Better lung function and respiratory system: Another common problem among seniors is asthma and COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Luckily, yoga can help. Studies have found that yoga positively impacts respiratory function, decreases respiratory rate and even decreases heart rate, improving overall lung function.
- Improved mental health and clarity: With more than half of seniors over 55 reporting a mental health concern, depression is a big deal for older adults. Yoga has been found to have a positive impact on both mood and mental health and has even been found to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and general stress.
Feeling inspired to join a yoga class? Find the class for you in Better Living Yoga’s Class Schedule
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