When it comes to trying to find the best way to manage and live with arthritis, we’ll do almost anything. Yoga has numerous benefits that will help you regain and maintain a good quality of life when living with arthritis.
Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years so it has some merit right? When you break it up, it is the practice of
- Beathing techniques
It can be a fun alternative to walking, swimming, biking etc. and the great part is, you can do it the comfort of your own home. Like many other forms of exercise, yoga will help you maintain a healthy weight and help your body and bone health get stronger. This in turn will help take the pressure off of your joints.
How Yoga Can Help
Yoga is a flexible type of exercise. It can be changed and modified in many ways to suit you and better help and protect your joints. If it’s your knees, your wrists or other joints that you have problems with, you can adjust your plan to protect them.
There isn’t a one size fits all with yoga and that a big benefit.
The poses in yoga can help you stretch your muscles and increate your range of motion. When practiced regularly, this will help increase your flexibility. This is especially good for those with stiff joints due to arthritis
With the slow movements of yoga, there is a lot of deep breathing that increases blood flow and warms up your muscles. When you hold a pose, this can help build strength. Over time this will help improve your physical function.
Increase muscle strength
Without regular and proper stretching, your muscle fibers can heal close together. This can actually give them that compact, bulging look. With yoga, it helps increase muscle endurance and strength.
Yoga involves slow measured movements. This means that there is less focus on the pose you are in and more focus on the transition from one pose to another. This has a positive effect on your overall balance.
It is basically a full body workout. Mind, body and soul are all present in the workout. Over time you will see that practicing yoga gives you better strength, flexibility and energy. All in all, there is no downside is there?
REMEMBER: If you are new, it is crucial to be gentle with yourself. You will get there in time. yoga is not a sprint. It is a marathon.