The month of May is Older Americans Month. Today also marks a national celebration of Senior health and fitness. We have turned to Angie Thompson, our Professional Fitness Specialist, for some advice. Today, we discuss the bridge pose and its benefits.

WHAT IS THE BRIDGE POSE?

The bridge pose is an exercise that stretches the chest, neck, spine and hips. This pose also helps to strengthen the back, buttocks, and hamstrings. Additional benefits include improved circulation, and lowered stress levels. Angie stresses the importance of focusing on the hips when practicing the bridge pose.

Here is a great example from the yoga journal:

To modify this pose, place a yoga block underneath your spine to reduce strain.

CAUSES OF HIP PAIN

According to the National Library of Medicine, one in four people may develop hip pain during their lifetime. Problematic hips can be caused by many situations. Sedentary life style; sitting in one position for hours on end with the hips ‘locked’ in place, can lead to a weakening of the supporting muscles.

At the other end of the spectrum, injuries and degenerative issues often occur through overuse, a common issue for those taking part in sports and physical activity such as running. In this instance, the hips take a repetitive pounding and without complementary exercise it can result in lost strength, flexibility, alignment problems, strains and tears.

INCORPORATE YOGA INTO YOUR ROUTINE

The things we do today can impact how we feel tomorrow. In many yoga circles, postures are believed to help release stored emotions. Participation in exercise can improve both one’s physical and mental condition. At EdenHill, we have yoga classes throughout the week. It can seem intimidating if you are unfamiliar with this form of exercise, but fear not! Poses can be easily modified to meet your level of experience.