Research reveals that Yoga improves mental and physical health over 60s and the fascinating findings of this research will have you reaching for your yoga mat.
The ancient practice of yoga has now become the cornerstone of many people’s wellness routines, with the range of purported benefits ranging from anything to general relaxation to easing anxiety.
And now new a analysis conducted by the University of Edinburgh has revealed the staggering effect that yoga can have on the lives of older adults.
Published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers conducted a review of 22 studies that had investigated the impact of yoga on mental and physical wellbeing, focusing on participants with a mean age of 60 years and above.
The yoga programmes followed varied in duration from 30 to 90 minutes and in length from one month to seven months.
The statistical analysis of the 22 studies looked at how yoga improves mental and physical health compared to other activities including chair aerobics and walking and as well as doing no activity.
Overall they found that compared to doing no activity, practising yoga had helped to improve the following:
- Leg strength
- Sleep quality
- Vitality and perceived mental and physical health
And when compared to other activities, yoga helped to improve the following:
- Lower body strength
- Lower body flexibility
Commenting, Divya Sivaramakrishnan of the University’s Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, said, “A large proportion of older adults are inactive, and do not meet the balance and muscle strengthening recommendations set by government and international health organisations. Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults.
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