Low Risk and Great Benefits of Chair Yoga
The benefits of Chair Yoga far outweigh the risks in comparison to many other forms of exercise. Therapeutic Chair Yoga works the body, from head to toes, to the best of anyone’s ability.
Therefore, the method used and the sequence of poses, address the whole body in a single routine. This is an incredible feat, for a low-impact exercise program, where the average session lasts 45 to 60 minutes. The following information will highlight some of the many benefits of regular practice of Chair Yoga.
Benefits of Chair Yoga
Increased circulation is a result of movement, every single body part that can move is used in a typical Chair Yoga routine. For many of us, we think of cardiovascular heath first, and this is right fully so, but Chair Yoga helps many other systems within the body, as well.
Whether you sit at a desk, a car or at home all day this increases your chance of diseases of all kinds. Your body needs movement to fight off a multitude of aliments caused by inactivity from trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, diabetes, heart disease and the list goes on. Today most people are over medicated due to lack of activity. Chair Yoga has routines for the feet, toes, hands, and fingers, so there is no part of the body left out. Since this is a whole-body approach, the circulatory, immune, skeletal, excretory, muscular, endocrine, digestive, nervous and respiratory system are also stimulated by regular practice of Chair Yoga.
The many movements, bending, and twisting, in a Chair Yoga session, stimulate the elimination of toxins, within the body. Every time you bend the waist in one direction or another, the stomach aids in digestion and the lower back is gently stimulated.
With each pose, you are strengthening the muscular and skeletal systems while stimulating all the other systems in the body. There are approximately 640 muscles and 206 bones in the human body.
Aerobic Benefits of Chair Yoga
There seems to be a lot of confusion about what is classified as aerobic exercise. One of the definitions for aerobic exercise is: Any exercise that would increase circulatory and respiratory ability. When the heart and lungs have to work harder to keep up with the body’s need for oxygen that is aerobic. Aerobic exercise stimulates the heart rate and breathing rate to increase the amount of oxygen to the heart and muscles.
In fact, gardening and housework are also aerobic exercise that most seniors routinely do. This is not to say that gardening and housework are complete health maintenance systems, but they do burn over 200 calories per hour, for the average person, and meet the aerobic definition.
How to Calculate Your Target Aerobic Heart Rate
It is recommended that you exercise within 55 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for at least 20 to 30 minutes to get the best results from aerobic exercise. The MHR (roughly calculated as 220 minus your age) is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity. It is better to stay in the low range of your maximum heart rate in order to allow your heart muscle to build strength and endurance. Over time you will be able to increase your maximum HR as you feel stronger and healthier.
Myth About Exercise
I’m sure you have heard the phrase “No Pain, No Gain”. Well this statement is false by a means. Most of the original advocates of this theory have injured their own bodies and practicing gentler forms of exercise. After all, none of us are super human, and the body can only take so much abuse over time. Visit your local gym or ask a friend since we all know someone who knows someone who have injured their selves while working out. This is not a reason to stop working out it’s a reason to work out smarter and be kind to your body since it is the only one you have.
Chair Yoga Classes
Below are a few links to get you start with chair yoga. I hope you enjoy the real benefits of chair yoga. Each link is a snippet of the full video which can be downloaded.
- Wheelchair Seated Yoga
- Barre Flow on the Go – Chair Yoga
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