Balance, flexibility, and bone density all are helped by yoga and tai chi.
Dr. Oz says:
Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rates, and increases flexibility. And there’s nothing mystical about it. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing sports. Read more
Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.
Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. This becomes crucial as people age. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. Read More
This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, “white crane spreads its wings” — or martial arts moves, such as “box both ears.” As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery. – Health Harvard
No matter your exercise level or lack of tai chi and yoga have a place for you. Gentle and slow movements work both soft tissues and muscles strengthening and increasing flexibility. One of the unique benefits of both is balance a critical need for those of us aging into the next generation. Creating good back habits now no matter what age one is at will help the next age be better and the back be strong.
As with all exercise programs include healthy food choices and replenish water and electrolytes often.
Trader Joe’s Strawberries and Cream Yogurt, 2 oz (half carton)
1 cup Frozen Strawberries- about 7 strawberries
3/4 cup Trader Joe’s Berry Medley frozen berries
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 scoop Whey Vanilla Protein Powder, All-Natural
1/2 Banana, frozen