The Benefits of Yoga for the Elderly

The greatest thing about being an enthusiast of health and wellness is that you don’t have to be a certain age. At any point in your life, you can make the choice to eat and sleep well, jog, stand more, lift weights, you name it. However, while you can make specific choices to be healthy at any age, once you get older, you might find that certain activities aren’t as easy as they once were.

If you’re 60+, you might be able to still run in the mornings or even lift a dumbbell or two, but it’s certainly as widespread in that age bracket. Too much strenuous exercises can be a real problem once you start getting up there in age.

Thankfully, yoga can be a huge benefit to the elderly who find other exercises to be especially tasking. We made a list going more into detail about three benefits of yoga that can help old health enthusiasts.

1. It Can Be Done Without Leaving Your Home

For younger people, leaving the house and going to a triathlon, or gym, or local exercise group can seem like a cakewalk. If you’re older, then casually being up and about might not necessarily be an option. While obviously not every older person finds it difficult to travel locally or afar, there’s many that can’t due to having bad knees, low energy levels, or other chronic health issues.

Yoga can be a godsend for the segment of the population that is too old and weathered to use their bodies as well as their peers or younger family members because it can be done from the comfort of home.

2. It’s Easy on the Joints

Like was mentioned earlier, the geriatric population is more susceptible to joint pain and brittleness which can make everyday, casual acts a potential issue – never mind lifting a dumbbell. Yoga has the big benefit of being an activity that’s focused more on stretching limbs and breathing evenly rather than testing stamina or building muscle mass.

Not only is yoga more convenient, it’s easier on your body.

3. It Reduces Stress

For older people who tend to not have as high an amount of stamina when compared to younger people, engaging in yoga can be great way to get healthy and not be too stressed as out while doing so.

As a matter of fact, yoga is wonderful for reducing stress, since it involves engaging in stretches that loosen up knots of tension in the body, as well as focusing on controlling your breath rate.


Yoga is something that we can’t recommend enough of for everyone, but it will work wonders for those who are sixty years old and up.

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