5 Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for Older Adults

5 Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for Older Adults

Regardless of age, activity is always a factor of good health. However, as people age they become less active for a variety of reasons. They may have a chronic condition like osteoporosis or just be fearful they may strain themselves. Luckily yoga is good for both. Yoga helps relax the mind and body, and is fun to do with friends. Consider these reasons why you should take that yoga class in your senior care community.

  • It improves range of motion
    Yoga is one of the best activities for adults over 65 to try and can make senior living more enjoyable, Aging Care noted. It can be especially for those who have weak joints or difficulty moving. As people age, their joints naturally become stiffer from reduced activity levels. Poor range of motion raises the risk for falls and prevents people from completing daily tasks. Stiff joints also cause aches and pains throughout the body. However, yoga is a low-impact exercise that can revitalize those low activity levels. It also takes things very slow, which means participants don’t have to worry about straining a muscle or bone.
  • It promotes balance
    Balance is one of the first things people lose as they age. Yoga can help seniors regain their balance over an extended period of time. As older adults practice the activity more often, they develop better balance, which can also lower the risk of falls.
  • It makes you more flexible
    Many of the positions in yoga stretch different parts of the body, The Huffington Post stated. The more people practice, the looser their muscles and joints become. That loosening allows people to become more flexible and push themselves to stretch even a little more next time. Yoga may be even better than other types of exercises for increasing flexibility. This exercise helps stretch parts of the body that normally aren’t worked during daily activity or other forms of exercise.
  • It alleviates stress
    Yoga is just as good as relieving physical pain as it is emotional. It practices a lot of deep breathing and reflection, which allows participants to walk out with much clearer heads. Several studies have proven that yoga can reduce stress and anxiety. Certain types of yoga may be better than others for stress management, the Mayo Clinic noted. Hatha yoga is a good choice and is perfect for beginners. The movements are slow and relaxing, and positions are basic.
  • It’s good for your bones
    Yoga is an ideal choice for anyone with not-so-great bone health. It’s beneficial for people with osteoporosis, even though many other exercises are not. This activity also might be able to slow and prevent bone loss. Whether people want to alleviate pain caused by osteoporosis or another type of bone condition, minimal stretching and movements can help. One 2010 study used participants with an average age of 68 who had osteoporosis. The researchers scanned participants for their bone density levels and then taught half of the group yoga. Two years later, the group was scanned again. The yoga-practicing group didn’t lose any bone, but actually gained a little.

Yoga may be a good way to lower any orthopaedic pain that occurs with age. Here at Southgate at Shrewsbury, we offer yoga classes twice a week for the convenience and enjoyment of our residents.  So, grab your mat and a good friend and get your “om” on.