Fitness for elderly: Top yoga exercises that can boost energy in old people

Lena Weib


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Key Highlights

  • Yoga has been a part of exercise routines across the world for quite some time now

  • Yoga can be an effective tool in improving mobility, coordination, and balance in old age

  • Consulting healthcare experts before taking on an exercise routine is imperial for safety purposes

New Delhi: Ageing does not mean putting an end to fitness goals. Due to weakened muscles and bones, old age might restrict movement of the body to a degree. However, physical activity during old age can help enhance mobility to some extent. Apart from improving bone and muscle health, exercising can help keep various health complications such as cardiovascular diseases at bay. Yoga is a popular form of exercise that is practised in parts across the globe. It can help relax the body, calm the mind, and boost energy. Furthermore, it can aid in keeping up with fitness goals efficiently. 

Yoga for the elderly

Here are some yoga exercises that can help boost health among the elderly:

Badhakonasana 

This yoga is also known as the butterfly pose. You can do this exercise in the following steps:

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your legs folded.
  • Bring your feet together so they are aligned and touching at the sole.
  • Hold your feet with your hands and straighten your back.
  • Relax your body and hold the position.

Katichakrasana

This yoga is also known as the standing spinal twist pose. You can do this exercise in the following steps:

  • Stand with your legs shoulder length apart.
  • Stretch your arms in front.
  • Keep your spine straight, twist your torso and look back.
  • While doing this, put one hand on your opposite shoulder and the other behind your back as if embracing the body.
  • Repeat the steps for each side.

Bhujangasana

This yoga is also known as the cobra pose. You can do this exercise in the following steps:

  • Lie straight on your stomach.
  • Rest your palms under your shoulders.
  • Lift your chest slowly so it is arched forward. 
  • Regulate your breath and relax your shoulders.
  • Bring your body back to the initial position.
  • Repeat the steps at least 5 times.

Shavasana

This yoga is also known as the corpse pose. You can do this exercise in the following steps:

  • Lie down on a yoga mat.
  • Relax your body and regulate your breath.
  • Focus on each part of your body, starting from head to toes.
  • Lay quietly in the position for at least 5 minutes and let the magic of yoga work on your body.

Virabhadrasana

This yoga is also known as the warrior pose. You can do this exercise in the following steps:

  • Stand with your legs apart.
  • Stretch one leg backwards and the other forward at a 90-degree angle from the floor.
  • Make sure that you are in a lunge-like posture.
  • Now stretch your arms outward and hold the position.
  • Return to the initial position and repeat the step for each side.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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