Yoga for runners. Yoga and Chocolate. Foam and Flow (beer+yoga). You name it, there's a yoga practice for it. What happened to yoga for health and mobility? There's almost never going to be a reason in your life to execute a perfect Surya Namaskara A, but you are going to have to get a cup out of a high shelf on the daily for many, many years to come and that's where the perfect Surya Namaskara A comes into play. You can do yoga cause it's a killer workout or because the tops are super cute, but here's three unexpected ways a yoga practice will keep you in your best body for the rest of your life.
1.) Range of motion.
"If you don't use it, you lose it," this common saying applies to all kinds of things but I'll bet you never thought it would apply to the range of motion in your joints. As you age, lift weights, sit at a desk, and basically go about your day you are often slowly losing full range of motion in your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. If you don't think this is a problem, then just keep in mind all the reasons you need to pick up your feet during the day and raise your hands over your head. It's a lot isn't it? Want to keep that up for a few years to come? Then you're going to want some yoga in your life.
We take balance for granted, but it's actually one of the most important elements in staying active and mobile for the rest of your life. It might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but even just walking down the street requires balance as you shift your weight from one leg to the other. Want to keep walking and even running for the next decade or two (or three)? Then a regular yoga practice is a must have in your health routine.
3.) Strong bones.
Maybe you're not worried about osteoporosis now, but that's the perfect time to gain higher levels of BMD so you don't have to be worried in the future. Already have some falls and concerns around weak bones? As long as you continue an exercise program (yoga!) that builds bone mass density you're going to be good to go.
At Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy we are about more than just helping you recover from post-surgical procedures or chronic injuries. We are devoted to getting you in the best condition of your life so you can enjoy the great one that you have. Look for yoga classes at both our Upper West Side and Irvington locations that deliver a great workout but also leave you with the most mobile, healthy body possible.