Every few years we rerun this post at the start of the spring/summer hiking season because of its relevance. Face it, you may consider yourself a year-round hiker, but that may only mean you hike once or twice a month in the winter months. And that’s not enough to sustain you through those upcoming epic hikes you have planned for summer.
The weather is finally turning springlike, which means that many of you are starting to think about the epic hikes you have planned for summer. Since nothing can torpedo an ambitious mountain hike quicker than legs that aren’t up for the hills, it’s time to start getting your gams ready for game day.
We get older, the joints stiffen, living an active life becomes more of a challenge.
Consider these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- From 2010- 2012, an estimated 52.5 million US adults (22.7 percent) annually were told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
- An estimated 49.7 percent of adults 65 years or older reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis from 2010-2012.
- An estimated 62% of adults with arthritis are 65 years of age or older.
Staying active helps ward off the effects of arthritis, and the folks at SoMuchYoga.com tell us, working some yoga into your life is a good way to help you maintain an active lifestyle. Yoga can reduce pain, increase your range of motion, helps you build strength, improves your balance, and offers a host of additional psychological benefits.
Learn more about how a regimen of yoga can aid your active lifestyle at this article, “Yoga for Arthritis: The Amazing Way Yoga Helps Alleviate Arthritis Pain,” from SoMuchYoga.com.