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Practising yoga everyday can help older women to significantly lower their risk of falls, a new study has revealed.
Doing balance activities regularly may help you:
- Stay steady on your feet.
- Reduce the risk of a fall or injury
Doing flexibility activities regularly may help you:
- Maintain the movement of your muscles and joints.
- Prevent stiffness as you age.
- Prevent injuries.
- Lower your stress.
Researchers have found that even the most basic poses and breathing exercises improve the stability and balance of women over the age of 65, leading British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday.
In their study, the researchers at Temple Medical School in Philadelphia monitored the progress of 24 women who enrolled on an Iyengar yoga course, a gentle form of the exercise which uses props to aid balance.
At the end of a nine-week programme, the participants showed substantial improvements in gait and posture, no matter how fit or healthy they were. In particular, they had greater leg flexibility and strength as well as a faster stride. They also experienced fewer falls.
According to Dr Jinsup Song, the Director of the Gait Study Centre at the School of Podiatric Medicine which led the research, “We were very impressed at the progress our participants made by the end of the programme.
“Subjects demonstrated improved muscle strength in lower extremities, which helps with stability. There was also a pronounced difference in how pressure was distributed on the bottom of the foot, which helps to maintain balance.”
Sources:The Times Of India