Many people struggle to find a proper work life balance during their youth and middle age. When the time comes to retire, they may find that the transition to the golden years feels strange. After all, they've been working all their lives, and now have plenty of opportunities to socialize with their family and friends. Many wise seniors may decide to spend some of this free time on improving their health through various forms of physical activity. However, many rigorous exercises are no longer suitable for individuals in this age group, which may be one reason why New Jersey yoga classes are so popular among older adults.
The holistic Eastern regimen of yoga originated many centuries ago, but is widespread in gyms and fitness facilities across the U.S. today. The techniques include deep breathing, meditating, stretching and posing, all of which are gentle and tranquil enough for seniors who want to stay fit without putting unnecessary strain on their bones, muscles and joints.
Recently, The Republic reported that residents of Cedar Crest Village, a retirement center in North Jersey, participated in laughter yoga to optimize their well-being and improve their moods.
According to instructor Diana Perez, laughing can compound the benefits of yoga because it has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones, facilitate the flow of oxygen, foster a positive attitude, boost confidence and reduce blood pressure.
The sessions have been very popular among seniors, even those who required the assistance of walkers and wheelchairs in order to participate.
"It was a lot of fun to do. I feel like it helped me relax," senior enthusiast Lydia Gaines told the news source.
The gentle regimen may be exactly what the doctor ordered for older adults who want to maintain good health.