10 Reasons Why You Should Make Yoga Your New Year’s Resolution
We all know about certain benefits of yoga – above all, that it’s good for us. But this isn’t always enough to get us motivated into actually doing it. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get started on your new year’s resolution then here are 10 reasons why yoga can improve your life.
1) More Energy
Although yoga in itself may be tiring, one of the major benefits of yoga is the fact that it’ll ultimately leave you feeling more energized. Studies have shown that regular yoga helps to reduce fatigue. In fact, we highly recommend doing yoga workouts early in the morning to realize the full benefits of your efforts. Read this article to learn more about exercising in the morning.
2) Increase Your Mood
Every time you exercise your body will release endorphin’s that help to make you feel good. Yoga really will give you a natural high!
3) Improve Your Health
There are so many health benefits of losing weight that it’s impossible to list them all here! Did you know that 40% of all cancer diagnosed in 2014 was directly linked to being over-weight? True! In 2014, about 630,000 Americans were diagnosed with cancer associated with excess body weight. Based on a review of more than 1,000 studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified 13 such cancers: esophageal, colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, stomach, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid and postmenopausal breast cancers, as well as meningioma and multiple myeloma. By getting fit with yoga you’ll reduce the risk of cancer, as well as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and much more.
4) Improve Your Appearance
If being overweight or not being toned leaves you feeling unhappy about yourself then losing weight can help you to look and feel better. Practicing yoga can help create a weight loss process to improve your life.
5) Play With Your Kids
I have two children. And the first thing I realized as they grew older: It takes a lot of energy to keep up with your kids. By losing weight and getting fit, you’ll be able to run around with them without constantly getting out of breath.
6) Sleep Better
When you start practicing yoga more, you’ll start to find it easier to get a good night’s rest. This adds to the energy boost that you’ll get from yoga in the long term.
7) Increase Your Strength and Stamina
Do you find it hard to go on long walks, even though you want to? Or, maybe even carrying shopping bags up the stairs is a struggle? Practice yoga more and you’ll eventually be able to handle these activities with ease.
8) Reduce Stress
Yoga can hugely reduce stress levels. If you regularly suffer from stress – or even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety – regular practice of yoga can help to reduce your symptoms.
9) A Sense of Achievement
When you start yoga and see the improvements you’re making every week, you’ll really get the feeling that you’ve achieved something worthwhile! Over time, you’ll be surprised and proud of the improvements you’ll make and the strength you’ll feel.
10) Keep Your Independence Later In Life
The more you practice yoga now, while you’re still able, the more you can reduce the impact of certain health problems later in life. In short, keeping fit and healthy will help you to keep your independence as late into life as possible.
So how much will you need to work out to feel these benefits of yoga? That all depends on your current fitness levels. The good news is that just 30 minutes of yoga a day is enough to improve your health drastically.
So what are you waiting for?!