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This chapter covers the benefits of yoga you won’t get traditional forms of exercise, like cardio and weight-lifting. Enjoy!
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The Best Workout You’re Not Doing
Yoga makes you stronger in new ways by targeting aspects of fitness that traditional exercise—such as weight lifting and cardio—does not. The benefits carry over to non-physical performance areas as well, including better focus, lowered stress, and even improved internal body function. There’s arguably no type of exercise that is as accessible as yoga and also effectively addresses so many aspects of your health.
Yoga improves core strength, balance, and flexibility, all of which boost athletic performance. Whether you want better rotation for golf swings, more flexible hamstrings for smoother running, or a stronger core for more power, regularly doing yoga helps fill the gaps of your existing fitness regimen to make you a better athlete. In addition to the physical benefits typically associated with yoga, such as flexibility, breathing, and balance, the postures also build endurance, power, and isometric strength. It’s a workout that’s kind to your body, particularly your joints, thanks to its no-impact nature. It’s no wonder the best collegiate and professional athletes are using yoga to gain a competitive edge.
Improve Overall Health
The practice of yoga also bears non-movement benefits. If you incorporate yoga workouts regularly into your life, with patience and discipline, you’ll notice a long list of benefits to your health: lowered stress, improved mental clarity, better decision making skills, heightened quality of sleep, increased mindfulness, better body awareness, improved hormone levels (including lowered cortisol and higher testosterone), improved mood and confidence, reduced blood pressure, better immune function, and improved blood flow. The list goes on and on.
Reinforce Functional Movement
Practicing yoga enables you to approach daily movement with confidence. The slow, controlled exercises improve overall muscle activation, which increases your body’s mechanical efficiency. The more regular your yoga practice becomes, the stronger you get. You won’t have to think about everyday movements, whether it’s squatting low to pick up something off the ground, reaching for that top shelf, or bending over to tie your shoe— it will all feel natural and easy.
Strengthen Joints and Relieve Aches
Yoga makes your muscles more mobile and flexible, relieving the pressure on your joints that causes aches and pains. It lengthens the muscles, reducing tension on the joints caused by pulling of the attached ligaments and tendons. This helps to immediately relieve discomfort, and also reduces the risk of common soft-tissue injuries in tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Yoga even minimizes the chance of more significant injury to your spine, hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, and neck. Less pain and greater mobility are crucial for health as you age, especially if you live a mostly sedentary lifestyle. With daily practice, you’ll find increased mobility through yoga is the foundation that helps you to move, feel, and even look better.
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