We are fast approaching that time of year where out door activities bring with them runny noses, frosty winds and darker evenings. What’s great to know is that, there are plenty of activities and exercises that you can take part in in the comfort of your own home. Yoga!
Yoga is an ancient practice that involves physical poses, concentration and a lot of deep breathing. It’s an activity packed with benefits such as:
- Lowering blood sugars
- boosting metabolism
- building muscle strength
- Increases flexibility
- Improved joint health
Yoga is a great alternative to walking, swimming and biking. Like any other exercise activity, it helps you maintain your weight, strengthen your bodies muscles , which in turns takes pressure off your joints.
How Can Yoga Help with My Arthritis?
It’s a flexible exercise. It can be modified in many ways to help protect your joints and can be adapted to the specific needs of each individual.
We all know that stress worsens some forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. That is why it is important to manage stress effectively and to listen to your body. When you practice yoga you learn to listen and respect your body as it is today in the here and now.
You find that you lean focus on yourself and on calming and quieting your body. By doing yoga, you are learning how to calm the soul and relax the body. This is turn helps you release any muscle tension.
Manage Cool Weather
There are studies out there that prove the cold weather can affect both inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis. With winter just around the corner, cold weather pain and arthritis can be uncomfortable and affect your quality of life. With hot yoga or specific poses, you will be able to keep warm or indeed warm up.
This allows you to increase your heart rate and core temperature, which dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation in your muscles. This is a win win during the colder days and should help reduce stiffness.
There are numerous types of yoga. If you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, a more gentle type of yoga is recommended. If you are a beginner like myself, try to avoid power yoga and don’t go further than your body wants. Remember it’s all about getting you to relax unwind. It is not a competition.
If you are unsure, talk to your doctor or a yoga instructor about the best type of yoga for you and don’t forget to enjoy!