Regular exercise can maintain your independence and enhance your quality of life. Many aged adults, however, find it difficult to find safe and low-impact activities that suit their fitness levels. Why not give yoga a go? Yoga is low-impact and appropriate for individuals with joint discomfort or mobility issues. Yoga positions can also be modified to meet your comfort level and physical capabilities, making it a great exercise for everyone regardless of age.
Physical Health Benefits
Yoga is an effective yet safe way to improve one’s balance, strength, and flexibility. According to some studies, yoga can aid with weight loss, prevent chronic health conditions, and increase sleep quality. As you age, you may feel weaker and lose mobility in your joints, increasing your chances of developing osteoarthritis, back pain, spinal curvature, and accidents like falls. Practicing yoga regularly enables you to improve your posture, regain muscle mass, and foster your sense of balance, reducing fall risks.
Mental Health Benefits
Yoga is as beneficial to the mind as it is for your body. Studies show that practicing yoga results in lower levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. It is important to take care of your mental health, especially since the risks associated with declining mental health become greater as you age. Aged adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are at an increased risk of developing depression, which can further complicate medical treatment.
Yoga is suitable for all ages, even aged adults. Having said that, you should always proceed with caution when embarking on a new fitness routine. Consult your doctor and physical therapist beforehand and stay within your fitness level. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Look for a yoga teacher at your local library or community club. You may be able to find discounted or free classes for aged adults. If you are residing in a senior living community, you can sign up for aged-adult-friendly yoga classes if available.
- There are also plenty of online resources. YouTube videos are a great place to start.
- Find the yoga style that works best for you. Slower-paced restorative yoga, hatha yoga, and yoga with chair exercises are better suited for beginners and aged adults.
- Engage in breathing exercises that will help you reap the meditative benefits of yoga.
- Make sure you have comfortable clothing, a yoga mat, and any other necessary tools.
- Take breaks as needed and do not overexert yourself or attempt to exercise at a faster pace than you can manage.
Keep Fit and Healthy with TerraBella Lake Norman
Here at TerraBella Lake Norman, residents have access to a specially-equipped fitness center and exercise classes conducted by trained professionals. Our exceptional amenities and programs have the best interests of our residents in mind, with emphasis on physical, mental, emotional, and social health. If you are interested to find out more about our community programs, contact our team and we will be more than happy to schedule a tour and answer any questions you may have.