Post-50 yoga: Bend and stretch your way to health and vitality

Post-50 yoga: Bend and stretch your way to health and vitality

While there are many different styles and vigorousness levels of yoga to choose from, they share some remarkable health benefits that will help you stay fit for life.


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Bone building

Bone mass loss and fragility is a fact of life as the years roll, and it is estimated that 50% of all women suffer a painful osteoporosis-related fracture after the age of 50. Yoga is a fantastic bone building discipline. As a weight-bearing exercise focused on lengthening muscles, it exerts tension on bones and prompts them to lay down new growth without damaging cartilage or stressing joints.

Flexible freedom

Yoga asanas, or postures, are designed to gently stretch all parts of the body and improve overall flexibility and balance. Expanding your range of motion and agility, which naturally decreases with age, will reduce the risk of common fall-related injuries in the future and enable you to keep enjoying life-enhancing pursuits like active holidays in later years.

Boost blood flow

Yoga is one of the most effective exercise regimes for improving blood circulation. Optimising the transportation of nutrients and oxygen around the body helps to keep your essential organs in peak condition, your skin glowing and brain ticking.

Cholesterol control

The risk of developing cholesterol problems increases at 45 for men and 55 for woman. Yoga has been scientifically proven to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost good cholesterol (HDL). In doing so, it can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Better digestive health

Bloating, colitis, irritable bowel sydrome and heartburn are gastrointestinal ailments that plague many, and are symptomtic of poor digestion caused by bad diet and stress. Yoga is a warrior when it comes to digestive well-being. It activates metabolic energy, which helps purge the body of harmful waste and toxins like gas and acid. The positive metabolic impact of yoga can also help curb cravings for junk food and bad dietery choices over time.

Stay stress-free and happy

Yoga is commonly championed for its power to relieve stress and aid inner peace and happiness. This is substantiated by the fact that it actually reduces the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. In fact, excessive levels of cortisol in the body can trigger major depression. Furthermore, too much cortisol extracts calcium and other mineral from bones, causing them to become weak and increasing the risk of osteoporosis.


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