February 01, 2021 2 min read
So, last year’s blog on yoga didn’t persuade you, huh? Well, don’t you worry. We’re so dedicated to motivating you to adopt a healthier lifestyle that we compiled even more reasons to start practicing yoga. This time, for sure, you’ll understand that the benefits of yoga are too good to pass up.
By practicing yoga, that sense of inner calm you feel will soothe feelings of stress and anxiety. This in turn reduces the physical effects of stress on your body as you relax because it reduces the amount of cortisol in your body—cortisol being the stress hormones your body produces. With greater relaxation, you reduce your blood pressure, boost your immune system, and improve digestion.
Since yoga can help you feel less stressed, you’ll find that you have an easier and better time getting to sleep. In turn, getting adequate sleep and being well-rested reduces stress as well. It’s a virtuous cycle that will continue as you keep committing to yoga, and thus, is especially beneficial for those that struggle with insomnia.
After an intense workout, it’s always a good idea to do some light exercise to cool down and let your body slow down before calling it a day. For example, let's say you just finished running on your TRM 631 treadmill. Your blood’s pumping, your heart’s racing, you don’t want to just suddenly slam on the breaks. Yoga is ideal for giving your body time to gradually decrease in activity while also keeping your muscles loose for when the cells begin to repair and grow your muscles.
If you find yourself prone to distraction or struggle to focus on a task, then that’s all the more reason to start practicing yoga. Yoga teaches you to focus on one thing at a time by directing your focus inwards. As you practice yoga, you focus on observing and being self-aware of your body, breathing, and emotions. Taking the time to focus on one thing at a time will help you slow down your mind and enter a more restful state. The buzzing of your many responsibilities will calm down and you’ll later be psychologically prepared to tackle one task at a time.
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