Aging Gracefully with Yoga

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.

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