Monday, March 4, 2013

Why Yoga is Good For You

Now that I am waiting to run my first official marathon, I am anxious that I may get injured or disqualified from the race or finish with unanticipated time. So, not to experience  the hip and back pain from running my impulsive 63km, I invested my efforts and resources on core training. But, lately, I wanted to improve as well my breathing and stamina that I go for yoga.

So, what can YOGA actually do for us? Experts provide the following benefits:

  • Better Flexibility
    • With all the muscle stretches, you get to loosen your tight muscles especially from the workouts that you have been doing (in my case, running around 40km a week) that would require the release of lactic acid to eliminate or reduce muscle pains, soreness or fatigue among others. You will eventually gain ease and fluidity from the stances made. 
  • Improved Strength
    • Workouts like running long distance (e.g. marathon or ultramarathon) or simply too much sitting  can quite put a strain in the hips. That only shows that your core isn't strong at all. So,  with Yoga core stances and stances for balances can improve your hips, ankles, hamstring, back and shoulder.
  • Better Posture
    • Improved core allows you to be vigilant with your posture, so, you get to correct any slouching. Further, you get to improve your sitting or standing. 
  • Efficient Breathing
    • With yoga, you get to improve your breathing that leads you to carry out your workouts and even focus your attention to your performance. This would as well improve how you address pain and remain calm from the workouts you do. 
  • De - stressor
    • Yoga allows you to control your breathing and remain to be calmed and focus, this would you to relax and set off your mind from unwanted stress. 
  • Other medical benefits
    • Experts have successfully associated yoga to lower blood pressure and address heart disease.  Also, weight loss can be appropriately achieved as you begin to become lean and fit.  To name other perks of yoga, you can read from this article.
I am quite tensed for my impending marathon and yoga has made me more relaxed other than the physiological benefits. 

However, before you try yoga, make sure that you train only under a legitimate yoga instructor and only after your doctor's go signal. Have fun!




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