Yoga boosts health, mental well being in older adults

Yoga boosts health, mental well being in older adults

By / Health / Monday, 03 June 2019 07:12

Practising yoga can boost muscle strength and balance in older adults as well as improve mental wellbeing, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK reviewed 22 studies that had investigated the effects of yoga on physical and mental wellbeing in older adults.

Statistical analysis combined the results of the studies to see the effects of yoga compared with no activity, and compared to other activities such as walking and chair aerobics.

"Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults. Yoga is a gentle activity that can be modified to suit those with age-related conditions and diseases," Sivaramakrishnan said in a statement.

The yoga programmes varied in length from one month to seven months, and duration of sessions ranged from 30 to 90 minutes.

The researchers found that people who practiced yoga had improved balance, flexibility, leg strength, depression, sleep quality, vitality and perceived mental and physical health compared with no activity.

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