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Researchers find Yoga essential for seniors

Washington, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) A regular exercise routine can improve your quality of life and help you maintain your independence. However, many older adults struggle to find a safe, low-impact exercise that fits within their fitness levels. Luckily, yoga for seniors offers a viable solution.

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, scientists studied gait speed, grip, balance, lower extremity strength and endurance, and multicomponent physical performance measures.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in the United States, explained seniors have a higher burden of chronic diseases, disability and frailty.

In the case of frailty, it affects up to 50% of seniors aged over 80, so prevention and treatment is top priority for public health.

According to the specialists, Yoga improved walking speed and lower limb strength.

Yoga is an exercise you can do all your life. It’s low-impact nature makes it suitable for those with joint pain, osteoporosis, or limited mobility. Plus, yoga poses can easily be modified to fit your comfort level and physical ability, making it a wonderful exercise for any age group.

Yoga can benefit your mind as much as your body. Studies showed practicing yoga causes decreased depression, stress, anxiety, and cortisol levels, and increased feelings of hope over time.

Taking care of your mental health is important at any age. However, the risks associated with mental health struggles increase as you grow older. Those who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke, have an increased risk of suffering from depression. In addition, depression can complicate the treatment of these conditions, making treatment more difficult.


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