Traditional and conventional forms of exercise aren’t always for everyone.
If you’ve never been into running, it can be hard to build stamina and enjoy different forms of cardiovascular exercise.
Weight training can also be somewhat intimidating if you’re completely new to the idea.
Yoga is a great alternative option. It provides all the health benefits but it’s much easier to get into. You can take it all at your own pace and take on a whole new lifestyle.
So what are the health benefits?
Studies have shown that regular yoga sessions can decrease the body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol is the main stress hormone.
It has also been shown to help reduce fatigue, anxiety and depression – all things that can lead to stress on the mind and body.
Improving heart health
During a yoga session, the blood gets flowing around the body. The relaxing nature of this type of workout helps with circulation and gets more oxygen to the cells.
As well as this, it boosts both haemoglobin and red blood cells. These are essential for distributing oxygen to the tissues. This thins the blood, decreasing the chance of blood clots. Thinner blood means there is less of a chance of heart attacks and strokes.
As a weight-bearing exercise, your bones naturally increase in strength along with your muscles.
Not only this but the ability to lower levels of cortisol can keep calcium in the bones. Calcium is a necessity in our body. It regularly replaces itself in a remodelling process, so we must always keep this mineral in our system.
Encouraging a healthier lifestyle
Like all exercise, practising yoga regularly will burn more calories. This helps to speed up our metabolic rate.
Along with the health benefits, yoga can bring emotional and spiritual benefits too. It aims to bring the mind and body together as one.
Yoga can make you much more aware of your health. It can give you a whole new outlook on life, physically and emotionally. It may encourage you to address issues to do with your eating habits or your weight and it can be the gateway to an overall healthier lifestyle.