While getting old might not seem so bad mentally, after the age of 18, it seems like a downhill task physically. You begin to lose balance, flexibility, and strength especially once you get to the age of 30. The pains and aches seem to pop out of nowhere. If you are looking for an excellent way to keep your body in great shape, and look and feel young, then yoga might be the answer. It is a low-impact way to gain strength, flexibility and remain healthy. Above all, you can do it anywhere, anytime. Here are some of the top moves for anti-aging:
– Equal standing: According to top yoga experts, this pose enables you to gain awareness of postural tendencies. To perform this pose, stand on the yoga mat barefoot, and put together, with your arms hanging on their sides. Pay attention to your feet and the distribution of your bodyweight. Without lifting your feet’s soles, gently move forward, backwards, and to each side, and then back to center again. To take things o higher notch, try closing your eyes and realize how your balance shifts. You can even try standing in front of a large mirror to see and feel how you look.
– Tree pose: According to top fitness experts, balance becomes notorious more difficult as you age. Hence, Yoga masters designed the tree pose to help you maintain you balancing abilities. Start in an equal standing pose, and then shift most of your bodyweight to one leg and foot. Clasp your hands in a prayer position in front of your chest. Come onto toes with the other leg and open its hip and leg. Take several breaths in this pose then switch to the other leg and repeat the move. You can add more challenge by looking up towards the ceiling or holding your hands above your head.
– Squat: This is an excellent pose to help you develop strong thigh muscles, which in turn will prevent injury and pain in the knees as you age. Start by standing straight, feet together and hands at their sides. Sit back as if you are going to sit in a chair, while keeping the feet and knees together. Go as far as you can safely go, ensuring the knees stay behind the toes, and your back is straight. Reach the arms in front of you and look straight ahead. When you are more experienced, you can try other variations of this move. (By Mkamba M Juke)