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Yoga 'increases elderly women's flexibility and balance'

Yoga 'increases elderly women's flexibility and balance'
11th April 2008

A new study has revealed that yoga can help elderly women improve their walking speed and balance in as little as nine weeks.

Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia enrolled 24 women aged 65-years-old or over onto a nine-week yoga course with two hour-and-a-half sessions per week, reports Reuters

Dr Jinsup Song, who led the study, noted that the strength, balance and flexibility of participants improved throughout the course, which could be important in preventing falls.

"We were very impressed at the progress our participants made by the end of the program. Subjects demonstrated improved muscle strength in lower extremities, which helps with stability. There was also a pronounced difference in how pressure was distributed on the bottom of the foot, which helps maintain balance," he stated.

This follows news from Washington University that older women should eat plenty of protein to ensure that they preserve their muscle into old age.

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