All the Halloween skeletons rattling around got me thinking about bone health. Weight-bearing exercises like running and weight-lifting build bone density and help prevent osteoporosis. Did you know that yoga is a weight-bearing exercise?
When you do yoga postures your muscles are pulling on your bones, creating a pressure that stimulates bone cells to build new tissue, creating stronger bones.
Yoga also helps improve your joints by circulating synovial fluid, and stimulating the connective tissues around the joints to make them stronger and more mobile.
In a 90-minute Bikram class you work every major muscle group in your body, influencing your whole skeletal system. You gain strength and build bone without any of the common risks of injury from impact sports like running, and without having to pump iron. Not only that, the balance and flexibility you develop through yoga can help prevent falls or other injuries.
Questions about bone or joint problems? Ask in the comments!