Advance PT July 2017

Yoga for Baby Boomers


The average yoga studio tends to be filled with young people contorting their bodies in all sorts of strange ways. This can be intimidating to older people interested in starting yoga. The truth, however, is that yoga can provide all sorts of benefits to baby boomers nearing their golden years. Yoga increases flexibility and functionality and can even aid in the prevention of chronic disease. Lots of yoga studios offer classes specifically aimed at baby boomers in order to create a welcoming environment. As Susan Winter Ward, author of “Yoga for the Young at Heart,” says, “there is no competition in yoga; there will always be someone ahead of you and someone behind you.” Yoga instructors will let you progress at your own pace. Some older folks are even certified as yoga instructors and tailor their studio to the needs of those in their age group. One awesome quality of yoga is that it’s a low-impact exercise that won’t put undue stress on your joints and muscles as you age. Yoga increases range of motion and flexibility, adding to your quality of life. Plus, practicing yoga can teach you relaxation techniques through

breathing and meditation. Yoga studios are also great social environments for meeting new friends of all ages.

Yoga can aid in the prevention of certain medical conditions that are prevalent in later life. According to a National Institute of Health study, 90 percent of people with chronic lower back pain found significant relief through yoga. That’s even more effective than the typical forms of medical care. Yoga can also lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and help alleviate depression. If you are interested in yoga, it costs very little to get started. Lots of studios offer classes for under $10, and you won’t need to spend a bunch of money on fancy equipment. Yoga gets more popular every year, so there are likely multiple studios in your surrounding area. Some teachers even offer private classes if you would prefer to work out at home. As you get older, it’s important to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen. For lots of people, however, yoga is a safe and effective method of fitness that you can continue later in life.



Here at Advance Physical Therapy, we have a passion for golf. That passion extends to helping golfers of all ages improve their body mechanics, leading to better swings and lower scores. Our “Advance Your Golf” program identifies and corrects mobility, strength, and balance issues that can affect the mechanics of your swing. Dr. Jones has achieved the highest level of medical certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, the world’s leading swing education institute. As an avid golfer himself, he knows how much niggling injuries can cause irritation on the golf course. We would never claim to be swing coaches on the level of Butch Harmon, but we work with golf professionals so they can teach their students techniques from physical therapy that synergize with optimal swing form. We like to think of it as teaching the body mechanics from which a great swing can be built.

Successful golf swings are as unique as the golfers who wield them, but there are some things that all golfers strive to maintain. One of those things is a functional and pain-free swing. If you experience pain on the first tee, you’ll be feeling even worse by the 18th green. “Advance Your Golf” pinpoints physical dysfunctions that lead to flaws in your swing and inconsistencies in your ball flight. The program then works to correct those deficiencies, eliminating impediments and clearing the way for continued progress. If you suffer from pain on the course or think an issue with your body is adding a few strokes to your scorecard, contact Advance Physical Therapy in Boise and ask about the “Advance Your Golf” program. We love working with golfers, and you’ll feel the results on the course. “Advance Your Golf” will put you back in the swing of things.

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