Healthy Habit #7: Strength and Flexibility

Optimal strength and flexibility allows you to enjoy physical activities with improved range of motion and greater vitality. They also provide many other important health benefits.  One of the best ways to achieve both strength and flexibility is by practicing Yoga. 

Timothy McCall, M.D., tells us,“As it happens, Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains and keep sickness at bay. Once you understand them, you'll have even more motivation to step onto your mat and you probably won't feel so tongue-tied the next time someone wants Western proof.”   

Dr. McCall sights 38 health benefits of Yoga,from strength and flexibility to disease prevention and recovery and the list goes on.  Click here to see this list. 

Yoga’s No.1 health benefit onDr. McCall’s list is Flexibility:  

Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won't be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you'll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You'll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That's no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.    Read More..

    • C. Rod Maxson
      C. Rod Maxson

      The older I get the more value I give to stretching and flexibility. I can't do all the things I use to, but I do find the more I try to do, the more I can do.

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