What do you visualize when you think of yoga? If you see a woman in several different poses, you are not alone.
There has been a general misconception that yoga is a feminine thing. In fact, quite a few men would rather be caught dead than doing yoga. This cannot be further from the truth.
If anything, yoga could significantly improve the quality of life of the men who practice it. Lets explore 10 reasons why men should practice yoga every day.
Yoga poses are very demanding and require you to use a lot of strength. Consequently, you work all the muscles in your body and end up with stronger, more evenly toned muscles all over your body.
You can also build power through yoga poses. Your body will begin to chisel itself as hard-to-reach muscles are engaged and toned.
When you work out often, you will find that you have specific muscles that are always tight and cause you problems. The stretching in yoga helps improve your range of motion, helping you to maintain proper form during other exercise.
A study done in 2013 also showed that men who followed a 12 week yoga program exhibited increased deadlift strength, as well as flexibility in the lower back, hamstring, and shoulders.
Working out in the gym and lifting weights can easily lead to injury. Yoga can support your movement and mobility in other types of exercise, and give you better awareness of your body. This awareness helps you assess how your body responds to new and different movements, and make sure that you are not pushing yourself to strain or injury.
After a workout, your body produces lactic acid-- this is why you feel sore. Practicing yoga can improve blood flow and reduce lactic acid buildup, leading to faster recovery after a workout.
Additionally, a recent study found that practicing yoga improves respiratory and cardiovascular functions. This increase in blood flow and oxygen prevents lactic acid buildup in the first place.
Yoga encourages your body to move in ways you are not used to-- you will perform one-legged stands, arm balances, headstands and other poses that require balance and stabilization. When playing games like racquetball and golf, the spine tends to be consistently turned in one direction. Yoga helps balance this disparity, using postures that keep the spine supple. It also counters the effects of gravity experienced by runners.
When you have higher bodily awareness, you become more mindful of what you eat and what makes your body feel best.
It also massages your internal organs, boosting your metabolism.
Yoga can help rebuild and heal your body if you are nursing an injury. People have been using yoga practice for treating all sorts of ailments and injuries.
Chronic low back pain can be a very uncomfortable and yoga may be the solution. According to research published in July 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, yoga may even help reduce the need for pain medication.
When the three-month study began, one group was assigned to physical therapy for their back pain, another one to yoga, and a third to reading about pain management strategies. By the end, while the number of people taking medication in the reading group stayed the same, only half of the yoga and physical therapy subjects were still using it.
If you spend a lot of your time seated, your muscles tend to tighten, and you end up stiff. Yoga helps counter that feeling. It makes you more flexible and also improves your posture.
Better posture also helps boosts a man’s confidence.
A typical response to stress is inflammation. Studies have shown that yoga can help in the suppression of genes that cause inflammation.
Additionally, your body’s response to stress post-yoga also improves. Your blood rate and blood pressure tend to decrease when you practice yoga regularly.
Science has also proven that yoga can also help with anxiety and depression.
There is a general belief that physical exercises are healthy for us. While this is true, vigorous activities that do not allow for diverse movement and proper rest lead to body wear and tear.
Yoga improves your overall well-being because, on top of promoting physical health, it also encourages mental toughness.
Poor sleep quality may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, depression and other illnesses. Yoga improves your sleep patterns which in turn keeps you much healthier. Consequently, you end up with lower medical bills.
Yoga has a multitude of benefits that will help you to live a healthier and better life overall, as well as improve your performance and recovery at other sports and athletic activities.
What are you waiting for guys? Get out there and do some yoga!
Not sure where to start? Check out our beginners guide to yoga here.
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