August 18, 2018
Guest post by Harry Cline
You are never too old to get started in yoga. And while most of us realize being active throughout life is good for us, science is showing yoga to be especially good for both seniors and their caregivers. Physical and mental health benefits await those of all ages when involved with a regular yoga program.
Less pain. One of the wonderful and unexpected health benefits to seniors who participate in yoga is reduced joint pain. It turns out that yoga helps reduce inflammation due to arthritis and other health conditions. Yoga can improve the strength and flexibility of joints through targeted poses.
Reduced risk of gout. Yoga can reduce the amount of uric acid in your body. High levels of uric acid are associated with gout.
Better cardiovascular health. Yoga is known to lower blood pressure and is sometimes recommended in programs for fighting heart disease. Practicing yoga can help with recovery from heart surgery, lowering risk of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Help managing diabetes. Did you know some yoga poses can encourage internal organs to function more efficiently? By targeting muscles that can help the pancreas do its job, some diabetics can better manage their type 2 diabetes symptoms. Being more physically active and lowering stress levels through yoga can also have a positive impact for diabetics.
Improved balance. According to experts cited by Health Journal, balance is one of the first physical abilities that wanes with age. However certain yoga poses can enhance balance, leading to less risk for falls, better focus, and better stability.
Better mindfulness. Meditation is a key component in yoga. Part of yoga is learning to focus on your body, sensations, input, and responses. Through the practice of yoga and mindful meditation, you can feel more empowered, patient, and relaxed, and even improve your sleep patterns.
Especially for caregivers. Self-care is a vital but often neglected part of life for caregivers. As a caregiver, chances are you are sleep-deprived, stressed, not eating right, and not exercising, and your overall health is suffering because you put your senior’s needs before your own. In reality, by neglecting your health, you and your senior both suffer. Engaging in a good self-care program will help you meet your senior’s needs more effectively. You will be better focused, be more energized, and feel more positive. Some studies show that with yoga, you can feel more capable, lower risk for depression, and lower your anxiety levels, greatly reducing your risk for caregiver burnout. Symptoms of caregiver burnout include losing interest in pastimes you used to enjoy, withdrawing from others, reduced ability to fight illnesses, and changes in sleeping and eating habits. Caregiver burnout occurs when you run on empty for too long. Engaging in a healthy self-care program which includes yoga will benefit you and those you tend.
Yoga is good for you! You may be surprised by the many benefits yoga provides. It’s good for your mental and physical health and can easily become a part of your daily life. As a senior or caregiver, participating in yoga can mean an overall better quality of life!
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Harry Cline is creator of NewCaregiver.org and author of the upcoming book, The A-Z Home Care Handbook: Health Management How-Tos for Senior Caregivers. As a retired nursing home administrator, father of three, and caregiver to his ninety-year-old uncle, Harry knows how challenging and rewarding caregiving can be. He also understands that caregiving is often overwhelming for those just starting out. He created his website and is writing his new book to offer new caregivers everywhere help and support.
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