I’m always on a quest to get you moving. And yes, I encourage you to find something that you find enjoyable.
Well, perhaps you can add yoga to that list.
I’ve previously reported on the different ways yoga is tied to health and healing… it can take the edge off of chronic pain, serve as a natural stress reliever, and more.
Now, research shows it may combat a condition that affects nearly half of adults aged 65 and older…
One that steals quality of life—and squashes the ability to move around with ease.
Improved gait, strength
In a recent review, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed the effects of yoga on frailty markers among nearly 2,500 adults aged 65 and older.
Subjects included community-dwelling seniors, nursing home residents, and those with chronic diseases.
Researchers looked at how yoga influenced gait speed, handgrip strength, balance, lower extremity strength, endurance, and other measures of physical performance.
Ultimately, subjects who were randomized to engage in yoga increased some of these common frailty markers—especially gait speed and lower extremity strength—compared to those who were inactive or received education intervention.
In other words, yoga may be the KEY to not only healthy aging, but also to keeping you upright into your 70s, 80s, and beyond.
After all, limited mobility—and muscle weakness—can be downright deadly.
Gain back some strength
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury in adults over the age of 65. They’re responsible for more than 800,000 hospitalizations, and upwards of 30,000 deaths annually.
In fact, one out of every four older Americans falls in any given year. And every 20 minutes, an older adult will die prematurely because of it.
To make matters worse, recent research shows that they’re happening to more people—more often than ever before.
And can you guess one of the main factors behind suffering a fall? Frailty.
I’ve written about ways to combat frailty before. (Check out the December 2019 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives [“The common occurrence that’s as deadly as any chronic disease”]. Not yet a subscriber? Click here to learn about becoming one.)
But I’m happy to add yoga to that list.
I especially like this recommendation because you can even do yoga while sitting… until you gain back some strength.
And in the meantime…
Here’s what else we talked about this week in the Reality Health Check:
- I love to exercise. And I sometimes set lofty goals for myself.
- But for the most part, I know that consistency is key. And that anything is better than nothing.
- So whenever I come across research that reiterates this stance, you can bet I’ll be sharing it with you…
- It’s a shocking but little known fact–Weak lungs makes you FIVE times more likely to die from heart disease.
Do you know how strong your lungs are?
- Your doctor probably checks your blood pressure every time you visit, but not your lung strength – even though the simple and painless test to measure it literally takes a single second.
- And strong lungs mean longer life.And it’s a CRITICAL, but over-looked indicator of your overall health.
- There’s something you could be doing RIGHT NOW…
- That might just save your BRAIN later in life.
- Are YOU doing it?
- This may be the biggest medical discovery on record.
- Studies show a single, natural compound can re-fuel brain cells and help bring hopeless Alzheimer’s patients back to life starting in as little as 90 minutes.
- But one of the lead researchers flat out admitted the end goal is to wait until a pharmaceutical option exists even though this natural compound could help tens of thousands right now! You’ll find the quote at the 9:37 mark of this video expose.
- I have never been a big fan of artificial sweeteners—and that includes sugar alcohols.
- I mean, study after study reports on some MAJOR health risks tied to MANY of these sweet substitutes.
- But the sad reality is, we’re overlooking a MUCH bigger problem…
Until next week,
“Yoga Linked With Improved Gait Speed, Lower-Extremities Strength in Older Adults.” Medscape, 3/14/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/989622)