Most people know that staying active is important to keep yourself healthy physically and mentally. However, as we grow older, it can be more challenging to do so. Whether it is due to mobility issues, health conditions, or just an increasing fear of sustaining injuries, there are many reasons why older adults might struggle with staying active. Yoga is a great way to get started. Not only does it require minimal to no equipment, but it is also able to help calm your mind and build strength. There are many different types of yoga. Some are more physically demanding while others are easy and meditative. The following are some common benefits of yoga.
Falls are one of the most common causes of injuries and hospitalization for older adults. Balance issues are one of the leading causes of this. Many different yoga practices and poses can help with cultivating a better sense of balance, focus, and coordination which will allow you to strengthen the muscles involved. In doing so, you will get be able to lower the likelihood of falls happening!
Yoga can be very rejuvenating for the body; however, it is definitely more than just physical exercise. With many practices, there is a focus on deep breathing and mindfulness during the movements. This makes yoga a perfect exercise to incorporate some form of meditation into.
Meditation has been shown to be able to change the structure of the brain, allowing individuals to better perceive different situations and avoid stress.
As with other exercises, yoga is also able to get your heart pumping and improve your blood circulation. This means that yoga is just as able to keep your heart healthy as jogging or cycling. Many research studies have found that yoga may help to lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
By incorporating yoga into your daily routine, you can increase meaningful social interactions. For many older adults, social isolation and loneliness can be risk factors for health conditions. Taking part in a class with like-minded individuals can be an excellent way to make friends in your community.
Improves Your Mood
Research has shown that yoga can help to increase a person’s overall well-being by reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. This is because it combines breathing exercises with movement to allow for greater mindfulness and relaxation. By being able to focus on the present, you can better shift your mind from negative emotions to a more positive, relaxed state.
Enjoy Fitness and Wellness Classes at The Summit
For many older adults, one of the reasons behind not participating in exercises is due to the lack of professional support or not having any senior-centric wellness programs nearby. Here at The Summit by Discovery Senior Living, we offer exclusive senior living programs and resort-style amenities to all residents in our senior living community. What this means is that while you are staying with us, you can be sure to have the assistance you need to live your best life.
For more information, contact our senior living coordinators today.