Symptoms of Aging

7
Jan

New Year, New Body

2017 could be the year to combat your loss of bone density and flexibility.

Each year that passes is another year of toll your body has taken. Especially when it comes to bone mass and density, and flexibility. Studies show that these changes in the body can lead to a breakdown of joints leading to chronic pain, stiffness – or even more serious conditions like arthritis and height-loss due to worsening posture.But for older Americans – particularly for those who have a workout regimen in their weekly

But for older Americans – particularly for those who have a workout regimen in their weekly physical fitness routines – this doesn’t have to be the case. The good news is that it’s never too late to begin incorporating healthy routines into your everyday life and begin to combat the telltale signs of aging. Here’s how:

Yoga Combats Loss of Bone Strength

According to this article by the New York Times, “yoga puts more pressure on the bone than gravity does.” Meaning that when you work a group of muscles in your body against another, it puts the bone-making cells, osteocytes, to work.

And though the article states that it’s nearly impossible for adults to regain bone mass, a study from the collaboration of The Rockefeller University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and New York University found that older adults incorporating just 12 minutes of yoga into their daily routine for one decade straight had “improved bone density in the spine and femur.”

Yoga Promotes Muscle Flexibility

Perhaps more so than any other physical activity according to the Huffington Post. It increases range of motion, particularly in the spine, and circulation of the spinal cord. This lack of range of motion leaves older adults more susceptible to falls or other injuries, and

This lack of range of motion leaves older adults more susceptible to falls or other injuries and could lead to a lack of fluid motion in daily activities.

For many of these unwanted symptoms of aging, yoga is a strong antidote. This year, make the decision to treat your mind, body and the future of your health well by incorporating a weekly yoga class into your life.

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/004015.htm
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/12-minutes-of-yoga-for-stronger-bones/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/yoga-older-adults_n_3268482.html