As we age, certain exercises become tough on the body—running, weight lifting, even cycling. But there's one practice that helps the aging body every step of the way, and you're probably already doing it: yoga.
We are a culture on the run. Our lives are focused on achieving, multitasking, and working ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Somewhere along the way, we lose our sense of play. We begin to work long days and crash in front of the TV at night. It's a cycle of work, sleep, eat, repeat. Exercise often takes a back seat and becomes another item on a never-ending to-do list. We continue this cycle, and our bodies feel it.
Not to be a downer, but as we age the things that were easy when we were younger suddenly become a little more difficult. Toes that were once easy to touch suddenly seem farther away. Thankfully, no matter how long it’s been since we’ve given our body love through physical movement, there is hope!
We are adaptable humans. Our bodies can get used to just about anything with practice and patience. We need to keep learning, growing, and challenging ourselves with new activities. We need to build new neural pathways.
So, how can we keep an active body and mind while avoiding the high-impact, high-intensity workouts we enjoyed in our younger years? Do yoga. It's the safest workout for an aging body. Here's why: