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Incorporating yoga into the routine of older adults can contribute to their physical, mental and emotional well-being, fostering a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. Photo by Gavin Peters Photography.

The low-impact way to improve wellness

Aging, and any new challenges that may come with it, should never mean the end of physical activity. In fact, the aging process should be all the more reason to develop a physical activity routine.

Bluestem Wellness Centers offers a variety of individual and group exercise options to boost physical activity. One highly recommended option that carries a host of wellness benefits is yoga.

Yoga offers numerous benefits for older adults, making it an excellent and accessible form for exercise. One of the key advantages is improved flexibility, as yoga involves a variety of poses that gently stretch and lengthen muscles. This increased flexibility contributes to enhanced joint health and range of motion, reducing the risk of injuries and promoting better mobility. 

Yoga also promotes balance and stability, crucial factors for older adults to prevent falls and maintain independence. Many yoga poses focus on body awareness and core strength, helping older adults develop better posture and stability in their daily activities. Moreover, the practice of yoga has been linked to stress reduction and improved mental well-being. The combination of gentle movements, deep breathing and mindfulness can contribute to reduced anxiety and a sense of calm, benefitting both mental and emotional health.

Another major benefit is that yoga provides a low-impact workout, making it suitable for individuals with various physical conditions or limitations. It can be adapted to accommodate different fitness levels, allowing older adults to engage in a form of exercise that is gentle on the joints while still promoting overall health and wellness. 

Bluestem Wellness Centers offer group yoga classes at both its Hesston and North Newton locations several times a week. See the group class schedules at bluestemwellness.com.

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