When getting older, a person is able to enjoy their golden years in retirement. However, the body can go through many different changes with their respective challenges. For example, it can be harder to maintain a healthy weight with over a third of older adults being obese. On top of this, there is a higher risk of life-threatening diseases and other forms of pain-inducing conditions. Emotionally and psychologically, older adults will also start to experience certain impairments that affect them negatively. With age being a risk factor for so many different conditions, it is more important than ever that measures are taken to help you and your loved one stay healthy even when older.
Yoga is a great activity that can provide health and emotional benefits when incorporated into your or your loved one’s daily routine. Here is a simple breakdown of what are the benefits of yoga for older adults.
Improving Stability and Balance
Many basic yoga poses have a focus on stability and balance. These are both extremely important in old age considering that falls are the leading cause of injuries and injury-related deaths in older adults. Boosting your ability to balance and strengthening the muscles that are involved can help to reduce the chance of falling and if a fall occurs, better your odds of recovering faster.
Boosting Joint Health and Flexibility
Regular exercise, combined with a nutritious and balanced diet, is the key to remaining physically and mentally fit during your golden years. It aids in the prevention of health conditions like arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, depression, and so on. Being active also helps you lead an independent life. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk, doing yoga, or participating in a fitness class. It is advisable to incorporate weight training, balancing, or aerobic exercises into your regular routine.
For most yoga practices, there is a deep-seated focus on breathing techniques and listening to your body as you go through the exercise. This can help with creating a greater sense of awareness of your body and your breathing, allowing you to be more connected to yourself. On top of this, making this a habit can also enable you to be more sensitive to your environment and the world around you as well.
Improves Respiratory Function
Respiratory limitations are also a common part of old age. This can lead to physical exertion more frequently as well as other negative effects on your body and mind. As breathing is essential for life, your respiratory function must remain in tip-top shape.
Start Your Health and Wellness Journey with Conservatory At Alden Bridge
Here at Conservatory At Alden Bridge, we offer many different activities to promote wellness in our Dimensions Health & Fitness program. This is because we value a holistic approach to wellness, covering all the different aspects like intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, medical, and emotional wellness. To be able to provide this to all the residents in our senior living community, we offer many different programs to meet the unique needs of our residents.
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