As we age, all of us gradually lose muscle mass, reflex response time and joint mobility – it is part of the normal ageing process but there is much we can do to slow these changes and continue encouraging our bodies to work well. One of the most effective ways we can be proactive about our health is by engaging in restorative exercise.
Restorative exercise focuses on easing pain and restoring joint function through simple movements, helping to keep our bodies fluid and functional. It is ideal for people who no longer feel they want to partake in or through injury are prevented from enjoying, more vigorous exercise.
In restorative or therapeutic yoga the work is gentle but powerful and poses are held for longer periods of time. This allows a gentle stretching to occur, which can help improve circulation, flexibility, and also support emotional health through relaxation and breathing techniques.
T’ai chi is also another wonderful restorative exercise. T’ai chi is a meditative practice; with its slow and controlled movements, breathing techniques and focus on relieving stress, T’ai chi is a wonderful option for those looking to improve the ageing of both body and mind.
Here at The Broad Street Practice we have classes in both Tai Chi and therapeutic yoga.