With the tail-‐end of the Baby Boomer generation in the US all reaching their 50s, there are now more people over 50 than ever before. With life expectancy on the rise as well, men can look forward in most cases to at least 26 more years of life, and women as many as 33 more. However, quantity of life needs to be matched by quality as well. Making a fit, active life a priority is one of the best ways to stay mobile well into your senior years. Staying mobile means remaining independent for as long as possible.
Taking care of your health is even more important if you are a caregiver. You might have to look after aging parents and be dealing with health issue of your own as well. You might be running yourself ragged to the point of caregiver burnout thinking you have to put everyone else first. The truth is that unless you put yourself first, you will not be able to look after anyone else.
While it is true that age tends to bring certain health challenges with it, it is also true that we know a great deal more about prevention and have far more treatment options than were available even a few years ago.
One of the biggest challenges for those over 50 tends to be pain and stiffness, such as that of arthritis. We feel pain when we work out, so we avoid working out. The less we move, the more stiff we become, the more pain we suffer, so we work out even less, leading to a vicious cycle that can leave people house-‐bound or even chair-‐bound when they should be out making the most of their golden years.
The good news is that seniors can break this cycle with safe and sensible exercise. One of the most effective forms of exercise for people of any age, but particularly seniors, is yoga. In this guide you will learn why yoga can be so good for seniors, and how to get started safely and sensibly.