If you’re like many Americans who find themselves at a job that requires you to sit in front of a computer screen for eight hours, stripping away your chances for good posture, then you might consider adding some sort of daily routine or activity into your schedule that will help you become more flexible and prevent future injuries to your body.
Flexibility can be defined as the ability of your joints and body parts to execute their full range of motion.
As you age, your muscles naturally lose strength and size, which in turn, causes them to stiffen and become tense. This will eventually affect the range of movement around your joints, according to Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
One of the key reasons muscles lose their natural flexibility is due to inactivity. If the problem isn’t corrected immediately, then the muscles become more prone to tears, aches and pains. Loss of flexibility can lead to permanent changes in posture and muscle function.
Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits, according to the American Academy for Orthopedic Surgeons.
Yoga can be defined as a state of complete awareness and tranquility through certain physical and mental exercises.
The stretches involved can assist in the prevention of sore muscles, and can promote faster recovery in between whatever training sessions you give it. Yoga exercises can be thought of as a ‘battery charger’ for your muscles and joints. When completing the stretches, the tight muscles begin to loosen and break-up the lactic acid that accumulates during strenuous weight training and other various activities.
By doing so, the lactic acid is released from the muscle cells into the bloodstream, and allows for smoother muscle contraction.
According to the American Heart Association, one of the best ways to maintain good flexibility as you age is simply by stretching on a regular basis. Healthy adults, who engage in flexibility training two-three times per week ⎯ for at least 10 minutes ⎯ improve the quantity and quality of their muscles, joints and overall health.
Getting old is unavoidable, but regular stretching can make that transition into a AARP member that much smoother.