|Practicing yoga offers a simple way to beat the effects of aging, including:
- Mental Decline. Yoga can help you remain sharp during your golden years and may even prevent thinning of the cerebral cortex of your brain.
- Diabetes. Your risk of developing diabetes rises as you age, but practicing yoga can decrease your risk. People who practice yoga regularly have lower blood pressure and are less likely to gain weight. Both of these factors can contribute to diabetes.
- Flexibility. Bending and moving can become more difficult the older you get. Participating in yoga helps keep your spinal discs healthier and improves joint lubrication.
- Sleep. The ability to sleep through the night decreases with age. When you practice yoga before going to bed, your muscles will relax and your mind will be free of worry.
- Pain. Pain is just a part of aging for too many people, but it does not have to be a problem for you. Yoga is very effective at reducing neck and spine pain. It also decreases depression, which can cause you to feel pain more acutely.
- Heart Health. The older you are, the higher your risk of heart disease. Yoga helps lower your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing your risk factors for the disease.