Benefits Beyond Flexibility
It likely comes as no surprise to read that stretching can increase flexibility and help to prevent injury, but did you know that it can also improve your overall health?
iHeart measures Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (AoPWV) to assess Aortic Stiffness and compares those results to the average readings per age from the world’s ‘gold standard’ Carotid-Femoral AoPWV measurement system. This comparison is then used to determine a user’s Internal Age.
By stretching out the body’s core muscles, you’ll not only feel the benefits of being more limber but will also reduce stiffness of the Aorta and notice improvements in iHeart’s Internal Age reading. Reduced Aortic Stiffness can lead to a lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia. That’s right: stretching the core muscles can help to lower risk of death!
We asked long time iHeart user (turned Brand Ambassador) and Yoga instructor, Leanne Gerich, to recommend some poses that focus on the abdomen, hips, and lower back. The following can all be done from the comfort of your own home, although as always, please consult your doctor before engaging in any new type of fitness routine.
Thanks to Rachelle Rovner of Moksha Yoga in Vancouver for modelling Leanne's suggestions. Pose descriptions are taken from the Yoga Journal.
Open the heart and roll the shoulders down to promote flexibility in Cobra Pose.
Upward-Facing Dog Pose
Upward-Facing Dog will challenge you to lift and open your chest.
Bridge Pose can be whatever you need—energizing, rejuvenating, or luxuriously restorative.
Need an energy boost? This pose can strengthen your arms, legs, abdomen, and spine in the process.
Bend back into the shape of a bow to feel energetically locked, loaded, and ready to take aim.
Bump up your energy by bending back into Camel Pose.
The ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.
Leanne added: “I would suggest people start with Cobra, Bridge and Bow. Camel is beginner friendly but they should keep hands on the lower back, rather than reaching for the heels [as in the picture]. Wild Thing, Upward-Facing Dog and Wheel are a bit more intermediate but they feel great for opening up the core!”
We measured Rachelle's iHeart readings before and after her workout. Take a look at our eBook for a better understanding of how iHeart predicts Internal Age, and how these readings can drop two years in such a short amount of time.