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As we grow older, taking better care of ourselves becomes more and more important. Eating right and exercising is key, especially as we grow older, and one of the most beneficial forms of exercise is yoga. With that in mind, here are five huge benefits to practicing yoga.
Practicing Yoga Reduces Blood Pressure
Do you suffer from high blood pressure and/or have to take medication to keep it under control? Yoga may be the workout of choice for you. Because of its generally more relaxed demeanor, practicing yoga puts your body in a generally more relaxed state. Relaxation is more beneficial than we may think. Relaxing your mind and body can help reduce hypertension, one of the leading causes of high blood pressure. For those of you on high blood pressure medication, this may not be an apt replacement, but it will certainly help reduce your blood pressure levels and contribute to improved health overall.
Practicing Yoga Promotes Happiness and Positivity
Growing older comes with its fair share of challenges, and sometimes just facing the fact that we are aging can sometimes make a negative impact on our mood overall. Many things can combat sadness and depression, and yoga is certainly one of them. Consistent yoga practice has been proven to lead to an increase in overall serotonin levels, which aid in the promotion of overall positive feelings.
Practicing Yoga Reduces Blood Sugar
Diabetics, we haven’t forgotten about you! For people living with diabetes, practicing yoga has been found to reduce blood sugar levels by decreasing cortisol levels which encourages weight loss. Overall increased mobility is never a bad thing, especially for diabetics, and although yoga doesn’t appear to be a fast-paced form of exercises, the stretching required to do yoga poses is an incredibly beneficial workout.
Practicing Yoga Increases and Promotes Blood Flow
This one may come off as a bit obvious, but there’s more to it than you think. Surely, there are yoga poses that require us to stretch into some rather awkward positions, and in some cases stand upside down, but there are many benefits to this. Because practicing yoga promotes blood flow, this is beneficial for circulation in our extremities. Even those somewhat difficult headstand poses have their benefits, as they allow blood to flow from the lower halves of our bodies to the heart, where it can recirculate to the rest of the body. Increased blood flow can also thin our blood, which is beneficial for those of us who suffer from blood clots.
There you have it, just a few benefits to practicing yoga in honor of National Yoga Awareness Month. At Marketplace Agency, we care for our clients and want nothing more than for them to be in good health. We are here to help, for more information about your existing plan, or to purchase a new plan, contact us today!