Keeping your body healthy is not rocket science but it does take a lot of discipline to help it perform to its optimum. It is absolutely essential to balance out healthy eating with a moderate amount of exercise to make sure that your body is happy and fit.
While some of us prefer going to the gym, others like our long walks in the outdoors. However, if neither appeals to you but you still want to start your fitness journey, you should probably consider yoga.
Apart from the obvious benefits, yoga has several other reasons that might make you want to buy yourself that yoga mat and start right away!
Here’s why you should consider including yoga in your daily regime:
1. Alleviates stress
Yoga is known to reduce stress levels and make you feel relaxed. Studies also confirm that practicing yoga helps reducing cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
2. Reduces anxiety
Practicing yoga helps reduce anxiety levels and also is known to be an effective, natural way to increase serotonin production leading to a reduction of symptoms relating to depression.
3. Reduces inflammation
Inflammation is known to be the underlying cause for several issues such as cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Yoga helps reduce inflammation by increasing the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
4. Lowers the risk of heart disease
Yoga helps reduce blood pressure, leading to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and also helps manage it.
5. Improves sleep quality
Yoga helps relax your mind and body, indirectly leading to a better quality of sleep. This, indirectly also increases energy levels as if you are well-rested at night, your body feels rejuvenated and revitalised to take on the day.
6. Increases strength, flexibility and balance
One of the more obvious benefits of yoga is that it helps strengthen your core and helps increase flexibility and balance. With age, these decline and yoga can prove to be quite helpful in restoring them.
7. Helps with chronic pain
Yoga is known to help stiffness in the joints. It combines various postures, with controlled breathing and meditation that helps reduce pain and improve your state of mind. Yoga is great for people with back and knee issues.