Yoga: A Simple Way To Stay Fit And Ease Stress At The Same Time
Have you ever tried something that was out of your comfort zone? Something that you felt was impossible to do and you wouldn’t even think about trying? We all know exercise and proper dieting is a major key to a long and healthy life, but have you tried something different like yoga?Many of us are discouraged from joining yoga because we feel that it might be difficult because of the positions and different movements our bodies are required to do during yoga.
Yoga is one of the best and most relaxing ways you can include in your exercise routine. It is a fun and interactive alternative to a gym and where you can see the same health benefits.Yoga works to improve your health by relieving aches and pains and keeping illnesses away through strength conditioning and mind awareness. Yoga has been shown to help you sleep better and give you an extra boost of energy throughout the day.
The physicians at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center would like to encourage you to try yoga and here are some reasons why yoga could be beneficial for you:
• Yoga helps keep you limber and flexible
• Yoga increases muscle strength and tones your core
• Promotes weight loss and muscle gain
• Helps with overall cardiovascular health
• Protects you from injury
• Helps manage and relieve stress on your body and mind which will promote a healthy mental lifestyle and well being
• Boosts immunity levels to prevent illnesses
• Assists in relieving migraines and headaches
• Helps you sleep deeper and longer so you are not fatigued the next day
• Helps prevent hunger and cravings
• Improves brain function - boosts cognitive function, focus and memory
• Lowers blood pressure
• Relieves back and neck pain
• Helps improve balance and stability
Always check with your primary healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise program.
The physicians at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center suggest a few simple poses for anyone interested in beginning a yoga routine:
• Mountain Pose – Stand straight with your feet together, shoulders relaxed and arms at your sides. Take a deep breath and raise your hands over your head. Finally stretch towards the ceiling with your fingers and then repeat.
• Warrior – Stand with your legs 4 feet apart. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and the left foot slightly in. Bring your hands down to your hips and relax your shoulders. Extend your arms out and to the side. Bend your right knee and hang your hand over palm down for at least one minute. Switch the sides and repeat for about 10 times.
• Cobra – Lie face down on the floor with thumbs directly under shoulders, legs extended with the tops of your feet on the floor. Tighten your pelvis and tuck your hips downward as you squeeze your legs. Press shoulders down and away from your ears. Push your arms down and raise your chest. Take a deep breath, relax, and repeat.
• Child's Pose – Sit comfortably on your heels. Roll your torso forward, bringing your forehead to rest on the bed in front of you. Lower your chest as close to your knees as you comfortably can, extending your arms in front of you. Hold and breathe.
• Downward Dog – Start on your hands and knees, shoulders over your wrists, and toes tucked. Make a tall V shape by lifting your hips straight up, while sinking your chest and shoulders and relaxing down the backs of your legs onto your heels.
At Meadowlands Hospital, we think that with strength, endurance, weight loss, and flexibility benefits, yoga may soon become one of your favorite activities to start!