It’s that time of year again where we let ourselves go a little, stock up our bodies with carbs and wrap up in layers of clothes, but that’s no means to say we can’t stay looking beautiful and healthy. After the Christmas period it can be hard to get back in to shape especially with sub zero temperatures and miserable weather. Yoga can be a brilliant way to stay in shape, as well as exercising the mind. Joining a yoga class has a number of benefits that can keep you healthy in the winter months:
Fitness: A number of studies have shown that practicing yoga can help with core strengthening, balance and posture. Nearly all yoga poses will help build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. Yoga stretches not only your muscles, but also all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles.
Health: It is known that yoga also contributes to a number of health benefits. Regular yoga activity can help reduce high blood pressure and help people suffering with heart disease. For people that suffer with arthritis or joint aches and pains, a natural alternative to medicinal solutions can be to do yoga for pain relief. People who regularly conduct yoga are likely to experience reduced pain, less swelling and increased mobility.
Mental Wellbeing: In today’s day and age, many women have to endure long days at work and also juggle bringing up children and a family. This can take a toll on some women, so yoga can be a good way to relieve any unnecessary stress. As well as stress, yoga also helps reduce feelings of anxiety and generally is a perfect way to wind down after a busy day.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are plenty of classes at your local gym and DVD’s available to suit all levels and availability.