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Regular exercise is the key to avoiding health problems that can make you feel much older. Yoga, a spiritual discipline that not only increases flexibility but also offers mental health benefits, is an excellent form of exercise no matter what your age.
Health Benefits of Yoga
When you practice yoga regularly, you may notice these benefits:
Is Yoga Really a Good Idea if I Have Joint or Muscle Pain?
If you're already in pain, you might wonder if it's a good idea to contort your body into complicated yoga poses. Yoga uses controlled movements, which are less likely to stress joints and muscles. Although magazines and websites like to show people performing complex postures, those people first mastered simple, gentle poses before moving on to the more difficult postures.
Depending on your physical condition when you begin yoga, you may have to make a few adjustments when you perform poses. In the beginning, you may only be able to hold poses for a few seconds. As you grow stronger, you'll probably be able to extend that time. Props can also be used to help make poses easier and safer for your joints and muscles.
If you have arthritis, balance issues or other health problems, discuss your issues with your yoga instructor before class begins. He or she will be glad to take the time to show you modifications that can help you get the most out of the class and can offer suggestions that will help you become adept at performing poses.
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Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: Effects of Yoga on Blood Glucose Levels in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, 4/15
American Senior Fitness Association: Yoga for the 50+
AARP: 3 Reasons to Practice Yoga in Your 50s, 11/16
The Washington Post: Yoga for Seniors Can Help with Balance, Agility and Strength. But Injuries Do Happen, 8/18/14
Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss, 4/16