There have been suggestions that exercise might reduce the risk of macular degeneration, which occurs when neurons in the central part of the retina deteriorate. The disease robs millions of older Americans of clear vision. To test that possibility, the researchers gathered adult, healthy lab mice. Half of these were allowed to remain sedentary throughout the day, while the other animals began running on little treadmills at a gentle rodent pace for about an hour a day. After two weeks, half of the mice in each group were exposed to a searingly bright light for four hours.

Key Takeaways:

  • Do not perform exercises that put your head below your heart. These might include: head and shoulder stands, downward facing dog, inversion poses such as bridges, standing forward fold, triangle poses
  • Cardio Level One is a low impact, aerobic workout. Doing this workout regularly will help you achieve greater circulation which will help to lower eye pressure.
  • Chair Yoga is gentle and gives you all the benefits of yoga without the risks of head below heart poses. There is one forward fold which can be easily modified.

“Lack of exposure to sunlight appears to be a cause. Several studies found that time spent outdoors had the strongest link to myopia, especially in families where the parents also had myopia”

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