Healthy eating and exercise can prevent the occurrence of disease and injury, keep the physical body in good shape as well as keep the mind sharp. However, as we age, the majority is likely to struggle with pain, imbalance, osteoarthritis, joint stress etc. With Yoga, seniors can reap a wide array of health benefits that will allow them to age gracefully and healthily.
Weight Loss | Yoga For Senior
As you age, it gets harder to keep extra weight off. According to research, more than one-third of adults 65 and above are obese. Obesity in the elderly can be extremely dangerous. It can contribute to the early onset of chronic morbidities and functional impairment, and leads to premature mortality. They will be more prone to diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, urinary incontinence and various types of cancers (Amarya et al., 2014).
However, it is understandable that one finds the difficulty to participate in more intense exercises, e.g. weight lifting, spin class, due to joint problems and weak muscle strength. Yoga can seem as a whole-body resistance training that trains the body in a very functional way. It can burn up to hundreds of calories within 1 class depending on the Yoga styles. So it helps to keep you in shape as well as inculcates healthy habits, eliminates poor habits like overeating, smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.
Reduce High Blood Pressure | Yoga For Senior
It is normal to find your blood pressure lower after a Yoga class. Studies have shown that Yoga practice helps reduce oxidative stress in the elderly, which leads to reducing the occurrence of high blood pressure and heart attack. Also, with regular Yoga practice, the blood pressure will remain at lower levels in between classes, helping students who are prone to high blood pressure to keep their pressure at an ideal level.
Fights Type 2 Diabetes | Yoga For Senior
People who suffer from Type 2 diabetes are having a deficiency in insulin production. This is generally related to lifestyle and stress factors. However, Yoga can help to manage the conditions by inducing short-term improvements in fasting glucose and cholesterol levels, and stimulate metabolism rate, reduce stress level as well as enhance the limberness in certain muscles and massage the internal organs.
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