Reason #34: Yoga promotes healthy aging

We can't stop time, but we can promote healthy aging by making good choices like eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and staying active. We can also promote healthy aging by doing yoga!

Yoga has been shown to prevent age-related degeneration. In one study, researchers took healthy, active men between 20 and 50 and randomly assigned them to a control group and a yoga group. The yoga group practiced yoga for an hour a day for three months. At the end of the study researchers noted a reduction in age-related risk factors for diabetes, stroke and heart disease (called cardiometabolic risk factors) among the yoga group. They also noted a mitigation of some age-related neurological deterioration. 

In addition to reducing cardiometabolic risk factors and neurological deterioration, as we've covered in previous posts yoga helps with mobility, allowing us to maintain functional strength and flexibility as we age. Regular yoga practice promotes healthy posture, prevents the breakdown of cartilage and joints,  and improves circulation. 

So while we can't literally slow time, we can take steps to slow the effect of time on the body and mind. Healthy aging is just one more reason we love yoga!