Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many health benefits and has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Potential health benefits may include stress reduction, improved flexibility, weight loss and increased strength. Yoga helps clean blood of waste material (through lymphatic stimulation), and trains us to loosen muscles and joints that are ignored in our day-to-day lives.

Yoga is a great option for pain prevention. Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Yoga also improves your alignment which helps prevent many other types of pain. Most of us breathe very shallowly into the lungs and don’t give much thought to how we breathe.

Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, focus the attention on the breath and teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages and even calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.

Find Physical Activities That You Enjoy

Finding physical activities that you enjoy will make exercising become an easy routine. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you are regularly physically active, you will tend to feel better, have more energy, be happy and relaxed, plus you’ll sleep better. A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. To maintain health and reduce risk of health problems aim for at least 30 minutes a day.

Types of Activities that Can Improve Your Health