The Top 7 Health Benefits of Yoga for Seniors
Are you looking for a stress-relieving exercise program with a wide range of health benefits? For many seniors, yoga fits the bill.
At The Cypress, yoga is one of our favorite activities. Research suggests that yoga may be helpful in fighting multiple health concerns, including high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, and back pain. Here are the details on some of the top health benefits of yoga for seniors.
- Lowers the Risk of Hypertension
AARP notes that yoga can help seniors reduce their medication for treating hypertension. One study found that individuals who participated in yoga for six hours per week over 11 weeks lowered their systolic blood pressure by 33 points. A control group, on the other hand, lowered their systolic pressure by only 4 points.
- Improves Sleep
If you have trouble getting sufficient shuteye, yoga may help. Research has found that yoga can lower the time it takes to get to sleep and can help you sleep longer. By sleeping longer and better, you may improve your overall quality of life by feeling more energetic during the day.
- Helps Control Weight
Yoga can help you concentrate, and it boosts your willpower, experts say. By practicing frequently, you can stay focused on your long-term wellness goals, including your weight. In addition, yoga can assist in controlling blood sugar in people with diabetes, which also can help with weight control.
- Lubricates Joints
As we age, our joints may start feeling a little stiff. Regular yoga practice can help keep joints lubricated, which can ward off medical conditions like arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Experts say yoga also can help relieve the pain from arthritis, and it can help boost the density of your bones and keep osteoporosis at bay.
- Improves Strength, Balance and Flexibility
The strengthening poses of yoga can help you improve your balance capability. Good balance is critical for avoiding falls, the leading cause of injuries among seniors. With its joint-lubricating and muscle-stretching poses, yoga also helps you improve your range of motion and flexibility.
- Assists in Relieving Chronic Pain
If you suffer from chronic pain, you may find that regular yoga workouts can help. A study found that after just four weeks, individuals taking part in a yoga class required lower doses of pain medications to control pain.
- Boosts Mental Well-being
Yoga is known to reduce stress. It also helps you tap into your natural relaxation response. In this state between sleep and wakefulness, your body benefits from a lowered heart rate and blood pressure.
The combination of movement, meditation and breath awareness you get from yoga can help enhance your mood, settle your frazzled nerves, reduce anxiety, and provide you with a general sense of well-being.
Support Your Active Retirement
At The Cypress of Hilton Head, we’re committed to providing a wellness-oriented atmosphere that allows you to maintain your active lifestyle. To learn more about our yoga program and other health-supporting activities available to residents of The Cypress, please contact us today.