The good news is people are living longer! The question remains, “Do you want to spend those extra years hunched over?”
According to researchers at the Harvard University, people are living longer. The latest study found that in the past two decades, medical advancements have greatly improved life expectancy.
The same report also explained that recent studies have found that although life-expectancy in the U.S. increased in the past few years, health hasn't improved as people are suffering from chronic diseases due to poor lifestyles. In fact, one model showed that modern medicine cures illnesses, to all, even those who aren't in good health. So essentially modern medicine tries to save us to its utmost capability, but if we’re not in good health, we find ourselves healed, yet bound to hospital beds for even longer.
It is in our late 50s and early 60s, that we begin to notice that our joints aren't as fluid as they used to be and we start feeling tight, achy or sore around our necks, shoulders, and upper and lower backs. Practicing yoga regularly can help lubricate joints, staving off weakening disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. Protecting our posture with yoga involves opening our chests and shoulders, allowing us to gently bend our backs, lengthen our spines, and allow steady, balanced, postures. Abnormal posture can get locked into the body, which can cause a hunched upper back (called excessive kyphosis). Muscle strain, joint pain, and disc problems are so common that physical therapists and other health care practitioners have to treat them every day.
Yoga's slow, measured movements and strengthening poses can help us achieve better posture and balance and prevent falls as we age. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults; every 11 seconds, an older adult visits the emergency room for treatment related to a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A regular yoga practice should be a part of everyone’s long term health plan. Not only does it ensure physical wellness and prosperity, but the breathing techniques and meditation involved will continue to lift our spirits. If we are going to be around for a long time anyway, let’s make the BEST of our Golden years – free of pain, free of discomfort, and less doctor visits.
Source: Nature World News