Why Taking Up Yoga in your 60s...is a Smart Move!

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Why Taking Up Yoga in your 60s...is a Smart Move!Senior Man Exercising In Park

Linda and I have been collecting information about our own fitness and I must admit, my fitness is deteriorating by the minute, so aside from my selfish and personal need to get moving, I thought you might also like this excellent Yoga information.

 

‘Om’ is good for you, at 60, 70 or 80! As we grow older, we become more susceptible to age-related ailments, and, as a result, we tend to move less. But the less we move, the more susceptible we become to a variety of ailments. And so it becomes a vicious cycle.

Yoga helps break that cycle, and can put you back on the path to good health. I highly recommend it. ‘Taking it easy’ as we grow older is exactly what we should not be doing. Extended periods of sitting lead to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening. Lack of weight-bearing activity contributes to osteoporosis.

Lack of movement and stretching leads to joint deterioration and loss of flexibility. As well, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a lack of balance. Yoga is a great form of exercise for seniors because it can combat all those ailments and is gentle and easy on the bones and joints. Yoga is the union of Mind, Body, and Spirit.

It’s more than just awkward poses and stretch exercises: it’s about mindful breathing. This holistic experience is what rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit, allowing us to focus only on our physical, mental, and spiritual selves.

How can yoga benefit you?

  • •Yoga does not strain the joints and muscles;
  • •It helps to normalize blood pressure and increase the flow of blood to the various organs and tissues of the body;
  • •It also helps to restore and promote flexibility in the body;
  • •Yoga teaches you to breathe properly and deeply so that the capacity of your lungs is properly utilized;
  • •It helps to improve concentration, sharpen memory and reduce loss of mental acuity due to old age.

seniors couple handsIn practicing Yoga, you need to know your body and respect its limits. Obviously we’re not as limber as we were 40 years ago. Your doctor should be consulted – he can advise what you can focus on, and what you should avoid.

Either way, do not push yourself too hard in a pose, and obviously if you feel pain, stop what you are doing.

Scared you will fall over and lose your balance trying yoga? Many seniors find they can balance, strengthen and stretch more when using a chair for support.

 

If you plan to do yoga on the floor, a good quality exercise mat is required – don’t be tempted to use a bath towel – it will slip and slide! Whether you exercise in a chair or on the floor, it’s best to wear lose clothing, and leave the spandex for the young ‘uns.

Yoga can only be safe and effective if you practice it properly. A good yoga instructor is essential, and will be sensitive to a senior’s limitations.

I do not recommend yoga videos unless you’ve first had some face-to-face personal instruction.

Copying an easy-looking pose on a DVD might cause injury. So check out the programs at your local Rec Centre or at the Y, or visit www.yogadirectorycanada.com to find a studio near you.

Follow this link to a Google search for Yoga Classes in Greater Victoria.

Taking that first step is the hardest, but once you get past the ‘this looks weird’ factor, I am sure you will enjoy yoga.

Thank you Alex, for sharing this excellent article with us Article by, Alex Handyside, CPCA, www.scotiacare.com

Let us know how your Yoga and or other fitness experiences are working for you?

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Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490  

peterpfann@gmail.com  www.pfanntastic.com

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2

 

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Sounds good Peter and Linda.  I had a yoga instructor tell me years ago if I did just 10 Sunsalutations every day I would never need to do anything else.  Your advice is strong, we do need to keep limber. My Mom can walk for miles and do circles around me, but, give her stairs and that is another thing altogether. Excellent advice!

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Hi Al and Peggy,

Thank you for the kind words, all this technology and no urgent need to move is killing me, slowly, so I have to get of my duff and move, Yoga seems like the answer for many ailments.

 

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Peter and Linda, it is important for the mind as well as the body to stay fit and sharp, and it becomes more difficult as we age and spend less time being active. Yoga sounds like a great way to counteract that.

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HI Malcolm,

So true as you say the balance between mind and body is very important, we are getting more and more into it and its fun and makes you sleep real good too....

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Hi Peter and Linda, You're so right about getting some movement as we age and Yoga is great for that. It's much harder than it looks, but anything you do is just good for you on so many levels. Good post! Ommmmmmm

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Thank you Cindy,

We have played with yoga a little before but are now getting much more serious about it...

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