Here are some key factors to working yoga into your workout routine.
Benefit #1: Bone Strength
Generally speaking, both men and women begin to reach their maximum bone mass around 30 years of age. It is very important to take care of and maintain the bone mass and density that you currently have before the inevitable decrease begins to happen. Osteoporosis, where bones become brittle and fragile from the loss of tissue, is a serious medical condition to all men and women. Studies have shown that the proper weight bearing that yoga has to offer reduces the risks of the early stages of osteoporosis, especially in women who have experienced menopause.
Benefit #2: Decrease Anxiety
Stress is a part of everyone’s day to day life no matter what your current age or living situation may be. Be it work stress, retirement stress, financial stress, or familial stress, we all have it and have to find way to deal with it in a healthy manner. Practicing yoga on a regular basis induces a particular state that renders you between being awake and being asleep that induces a deep form of relaxation. Honing this technique can help you practice and manage ways to reduce your rate and lower your blood pressure in everyday life.
Benefit #3: Mind and Mood
One of yoga’s primary focuses is to merge the thought process that your breath and movement should be considered one entity. All yoga poses strive for a fluid motion between movement and breathing so that your mind is clear and fully engaged in what you are doing. It is said that these breathing exercises assist in harmonizing the right and left hemispheres of your brain, which in return will strengthen your overall memory capabilities. The combination of breathing and movement can also help in achieving an overall state of well-being. The reason being is that yoga helps boost the amount of a brain chemical called GABA naturally being produced. GABA is widely distributed in the brain in efforts to reduce possible anxious neurotransmitters to help calm your nerves.
Benefit #4: Balance
Yoga is done as a slow well measured work out for the purposes of improving your core body strength with each pose. Doing this on a regular basis can help increase your balance and prevent falls ass you get older. It is known that falls are one of the leading causes of injury amongst older adults over any other injury. Yoga will help you with the tools you will need to tone your muscles and improve your natural equilibrium.
Benefit #5: Joint Care
Practicing yoga on a regular basis is a natural lubricant for your joints. Synovial fluid is known as the liquid the lubricates our joints. Yoga helps promote the natural flow of synovial fluid to different parts of the body, increasing the fluidity and movement of the joints. Recent studies are said that working yoga into your weekly workout regimen can help reduce joint pain, improve your joint’s flexibility and overall function.
These benefits are just a few of the many health benefits available for those who practice yoga on a regular basis. No matter what your age may be, there are a multitude of yoga poses you can try and manipulate to work for you and your body. Don’t let the fear of insecurities or confidence get in your way of trying this fulfilling form of exercise. You may be surprised on the affects it may have on you, your quality of life and your body