Top 5 Reasons Women Should Practice Yoga
Yoga has the ability to deliver amazing health benefits for individuals in all age categories. Due to this reason, yoga has received a lot of recent attention. Recent studies suggest that a large number of people who practice yoga are women aged over 35 who are doing so to have power over their health. Here is a list of some of the most prominent benefits that women of any age can experience by practicing yoga.
1. Flexibility for improved balance and decreased injury
Women under 35 never think about getting injured, because they still feel young and powerful. However, each decade you lose a certain percentage of your balance and flexibility. The older you get, the more likely you are to get injured and the longer it will take for that injury to heal. Yoga can provide much-needed balance and stability to the body, which can help women (and men) avoid injuries. When your balance is improved and muscles are strengthened, you reduce the likelihood of falls.
Most falls happen during everyday work and errands, it’s usually not just when you’re up on a ladder in a precarious position trying to clean a gutter (or something equally silly and risky). Falls usually happen when we least expect it, and when we are going about our normal routine. When you fall, your chance of a painful injury is high. Women who do yoga are less likely to fall, and if they do, the enhanced stability and strength can help them bounce back and recover within a shorter period of time.
Yoga workouts are low-impact, unlike running, so your joints don’t receive the pounding or injuries that occur with high-impact exercises. Many people that are worried about maintaining bone density don’t realize they CAN do low impact exercises like yoga or weight-bearing exercises to build and maintain bone health.
Osteoporosis becomes more common as women age and tend to lose bone density. Losing bone strength in your spine can be very debilitating. Back injuries are some of the most painful and lifestyle changing injuries a woman can face as I learned personally. Using yoga to strengthen your core, keep your back strong and increase bone mass can mean the difference is having a long healthy life or a life filled with pain and decreased mobility. No one wants to spend their golden years in bed or in a wheelchair. Preventative exercise can reduce that risk!
2. Reduced anxiety and stress levels
Women tend to carry a LOT of stress! We have our children, husbands, and parents etc. who are counting on us. We tend to go and go and go, taking care of ourselves last. Reducing stress is a HUGE benefit linked with yoga. Yoga classes, or doing yoga sessions at home, are restorative and calming.
Yoga gives us the ability to relax both mind and body. Yoga is ideal for women over 35 because this age group usually has the most responsibility and therefore the most stress. When women practice yoga on a regular basis, they help reduce the fight or flight response of the sympathetic nervous system, which leads to stress and inflammation. Therefore, effective stress relief through yoga provides powerful benefits to the mind as well as the body.
3. Rapid weight loss
Yoga is great at assisting in weight loss. In fact, losing weight has become one of the biggest concerns among women over 35. They are always looking for the best methods available for them to lose weight without the hassle of going to a gym or running outside. Yoga, when combined with healthy eating, grows muscle mass while toning and firming your body. Toned strong muscles burn calories all day long! That’s why practicing yoga is such an amazing way to exercise.
Yoga can trigger weight loss by boosting your rate of metabolism. The results delivered by yoga can last long after the workout! Therefore, women have more control over their weight or maintenance goals. Have you ever seen the toned and fit body of someone who does yoga regularly? Just take a look at some of the famous actors and singers who believe in the power of yoga. The results are incredible!
4. Reduced high blood pressure
In recent studies, it has been shown that yoga can help to reduce high blood pressure due to its calming and centering effect. Heart disease and high blood pressure are the leading causes of death in women. Yoga can help support heart health. Yoga is calming, but it can also be strenuous cardiovascular exercise as you become more advanced in your yoga routine. Calming and cardio in the same workout, sign me up!
5. Improved mindfulness
Last but not least, yoga has the ability to improve mindfulness. As you get to know or rediscover your body, you become attuned to your wellness. Yoga is all about listening to the beat of your body while breathing. Many say that once they become more in tune with their body, they become more attuned to the mind as well. Understanding and accepting our feelings can help put things in perspective in many areas of our lives. It makes us purposeful and mindful of the decisions we make and the way we lead our lives. I know that I make smarter decisions when I am calm and feeling strong, how about you?
You are NEVER too old to start practicing yoga, but with any new activity, check with your physician to see what you should or should not due to protect your health.
We would love to hear from you if you are just starting on your yoga journey, or if you have been practicing for a long time and have advice for yoga “newbies”.
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