Wanna know a secret? Do Yoga!
OK, ladies. I want to share a powerful secret with you. Are you ready? Yoga makes you feel really, really good.
If you haven’t heard of yoga before, you must be living under a rock. While it has been practiced for thousands of years, yoga has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. According to an article on WebMD, there are currently close to 11 million Americans taking advantage of the health benefits of following a yoga routine.
I am one of those 11 million. I have been doing yoga off and on for about a year now. More recently, I have been doing at least 20 minutes of yoga two times a week. I can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel. And not only do I feel better because I am exercising, but I feel better because I am reaping the many benefits that yoga has to offer.
According to the website HealthandYoga, one benefit of yoga is increased flexibility. Through the various poses and stances, muscles are worked that would not otherwise get any attention. Through my years of playing high school and college sports, I know that flexibility decreases the chance of injuries and tears and also gives you a better range of motion. So, in essence, it will make you a stronger, faster, better athlete.
Yoga will also increase your strength and improve your posture. The required poses and stances will build and elongate your muscles, which according to WebMD, will give you a “heightened awareness that tells you more quickly when you’re slouching or slumping so you can adjust your posture.”
For me, and probably thousands of women out there, reducing stress is something I just can’t seem to get enough of. Practicing yoga is a definite stress reducer, as you focus on breathing and stretching, rather than everything else you have to do. An added plus is that your lung capacity will increase and stress-reducing hormones are released. What more could you ask for?
There are also various studies that indicate yoga is a heart-healthy exercise, as it lowers blood pressure and slows the resting heart rate. WebMD states that “on a biochemical level, studies point to a possible anti-oxidant effect of yoga. And yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function.”
I could go on and on about the scientifically proven health benefits of yoga, but simply hearing about it may not give you the motivation you need. I want to challenge you ladies out there to try out a yoga routine and see for yourself. Although it may not be for everyone, I know there are some of you out there who will feel completely transformed. That is certainly the case for me.