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Can People of Any Age do Yoga?

There is a common misconception that seniors cannot do yoga however yoga provides many different health benefits to people of any age!One of the most common questions about yoga is what age you need to be in order to do it. The truth is that people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, and all levels of fitness, including having arthritis, or being pregnant, can do yoga provided that they put safety first and don’t try to overdo things.

Can People of Any Age do Yoga?

 

Yoga is a great way to keep fit because it uses your own body weight to tone and trim. It builds long, lean muscle, which boosts the metabolism, which in turn helps yoga practitioners lose weight.

 

Older people tend to steer clear of yoga due to the mistaken impression that you have to be as skinny as a rail and as flexible as a rubber band. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if you are a senior, you owe it to yourself to start developing a yoga practice sooner rather than later.

 

This is because yoga offers many benefits in relation to exactly the kind of health challenges that seniors face. These include:

 

  • A lack of strength
  • A lack of stability/being sure-footed
  • Feeling stiff and achy
  • Their aches and pains making them reluctant to exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Feeling tired a lot of the time
  • Feeling a bit down
  • Not enjoying the same social activities they used to
  • Being worried about their health
  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia
  • Suffering stress
  • Struggling with chronic health issues, such as heart problem, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol

 

Yoga improves strength, and stronger muscles mean more stability. Yoga improves range of motion, for less stiffness. Less stiffness means more willingness to move around, which in turn burns calories. Burning more calories means faster weight loss, especially if they also watch what they eat. The muscles yoga builds also boost your metabolism, for even further weight loss.

 

Any exercise can burn calories, but yoga also offers rejuvenation in mind and spirit. It is a mood enhancer, and attending classes leads to more socializing and less isolation. Yoga will give anyone who practices it more energy and reduce anxiety due to greater concentration and less needless worrying, especially at night. A better quality of sleep means waking refreshed and rejuvenated, and ready to power through your day. This will mean less stress, which can help anyone with chronic health issues be able to take care of themselves better.

 

Yoga lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and reduces pain. This is idea for anyone with arthritis or osteoporosis, so if you or anyone you know is struggling with these and other common senior health issues, try yoga and see what a difference it can make in your life.

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    Judy Thomas

    I am definitely going to look into doing yoga. I have COPD so any vigorous exercise is out of the question and this looks just right for me.

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    Dana Rodriguez

    Great article. I have been thinking about trying yoga myself.

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    Brigid OHara Koshko

    I do yoga movments with my preschool class and they love it! I think it is a great way to not only stretch but to refocus my kiddos.

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    s powell

    I love doing yoga The benefits are endless more energy flexibility. Improved mindfulness. and can be done almost anywhere.

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    Mufazzal Dordawala

    Informative …

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    Amber Ludwig

    Yes!! Yoga is so great for any age and any athleticism!! Its so perfect because it can be catered to your ailments and purposes too!! Love it!

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    Angela Lombardi

    I want to start doing yoga!!!

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    Ron Weinberg (@rbweinberg)

    Yes, You can do YOGA At any age. You can even do YOGA in a Chair!

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    Kelly O

    I have seen people of all ages, and all abilities do yoga. It is truly an great activity for most people. Sure it works the body but it is also so good for the mind.

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    Kathleen Kelly

    I am disabled and I doubt I could do yoga, I have a knee that has had 7 surgeries including 3 replacements and it is still extremely painful.

    1. 10.1
      Colleen

      Oh Kathleen…I am sending you well wishes for recovery!

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    maria roselle mendoza

    Informative and helpful article… thanks for doing a great article…

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    Agnes Dela Cruz

    I need to plan a Yoga session with my daughter soon. We miss this.

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    gloria patterson

    I would love to do yoga but have hip problems and cannot get down

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    Kimberly “kaflickinger73” Flickinger

    My mother just started yoga at the age of 63 and she finds it very helpful in dealing with chronic pain and helping her sleep. Thank you for this information, I will be sure to share it with her.

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      Colleen

      Thanks for sharing this Kimberly! Your mom is very proactive 🙂

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