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Muscular Strength keeps you from becoming Weak and Frail

It’s obvious one needs muscular strength to be a body builder. However, everyday life also requires those physical attributes. For example, lifting and carrying groceries, climbing steps and walking from our parked car into a store requires strength in our physical structure. Certainly, this strength will keep us independent and functional in our daily lives.

We have a choice as we age: we can become weak and frail, or we can be strong, sturdy and resilient. The choice is ours to make.

Why is your Muscular Strength so Important for Aging Well?

When you think of Yoga, you might think of its common benefits like increased flexibility and more range of motion in your joints. However, Yoga also strengthens your muscles.

For those of us who feel tired and lethargic, movement is the antidote! When you power up your body by challenging it to move, bend and twist, you wring out toxins and bring in prana (life force energy). Think of movement as adding fuel to your fuel tank. Keep moving so that you will have more strength to do the things you need to do and love to do. Envision what you can do with a day full of energy and strength!

YogaVista.TV is here get you moving while strengthening your muscles, joints, heart and lungs. We are here to guide and assist you with our structured Wellness Practices.

Note: The videos in this collection are included in various YogaVista.TV subscription plans.

Wellness Practices for Muscular Strength

We have made it easy for you to begin a Yoga program focused on helping you find ways to strengthen your muscles. We have created these Wellness Practices for Muscular Strength that offer targeted videos to educate and empower you to take control of your own health. When we have stronger muscles, they can pump blood more efficiently and get needed nutrients to all parts of our body!

Related Video Series

(most videos included in the Wellness Practices above)

Sherry Zak Morris Get off the Couch! Kickstart Chair Yoga Series

Get off the Couch! – Kickstart Chair Yoga Therapy Series with Sherry

Sherry Zak Morris Strong and Sturdy Yoga Series

Strong & Sturdy Yoga Series with Sherry: Let’s Get to Work!

Sherry Zak Morris Get off the Couch! Kickstart Chair Yoga Series

Strength & Weights Fitness Series with John

Chanda Vaniman Sit, Stand and Move

Strength & Cardio Fitness Series with Chanda

Safety Guidelines and Precautions

  • Weight bearing exercises: focus on creating “healthy” stress on your muscles with balancing and holding movements
  • Look for practices that focus on strengthening the muscles around your most troublesome areas: arms, legs, torso, etc.
  • Be watchful and mindful of your posture — keep your bones in alignment!
  • Pace yourself and rest when you need to
  • Drink plenty of water during and after our Wellness Practices

Before starting these Wellness Practices:

Ensure you have a release from your healthcare practitioner to do exercise. Also ask your practitioner if you have any movement restrictions resulting from your medical conditions. Above all, be mindful of any movement that creates a sharp, knife-like pain or tingling sensation.

Related Resources & References

National Institute of Health article: “Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life

“The objective of this study is to assess the findings of selected articles regarding the therapeutic effects of yoga and to provide a comprehensive review of the benefits of regular yoga practice. As participation rates in mind-body fitness programs such as yoga continue to increase, it is important for health care professionals to be informed about the nature of yoga and the evidence of its many therapeutic effects. Thus, this manuscript provides information regarding the therapeutic effects of yoga as it has been studied in various populations concerning a multitude of different ailments and conditions.

Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions and involves instruction in yogic practices and teachings to prevent reduce or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional and spiritual pain, suffering or limitations. Results from this study show that yogic practices enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.”

Book: “Designed to Move” by Joan Vernikos

“Science has proven that sitting too much is bad for your health, but what can you do about it if you’re stuck at your desk all day? “Designed to Move” gives deskbound professionals a practical, easy-to-follow movement plan to fight the debilitating and life-shortening effects of sitting disease. Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, draws on decades of scientific research on astronauts to show readers how to use gravity-based movement to counteract the effects of prolonged sitting and maintain lifelong good health.

Written for everyone who spends most of their lives sitting in chairs, “Designed to Move” provides readers with a science-backed health program that helps people stay healthy while at work. Expanding upon her groundbreaking previous book, “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals,” Dr. Vernikos shows how developing simple new lifestyle habits at the office can reverse the symptoms of sitting disease and even aging itself, and lead to a life of bountiful health.”

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CREDITS:  Author, Sherry Zak Morris, Certified Yoga Therapist

Editor, Maria Perez, Certified Yoga & Group Fitness Instructor