Feel Less Stressed Too!
Practice yoga to build strength and power, and minimize stress. Studies show how hatha yoga training is enormously beneficial for health and well being in people who suffer from chronic pressure and stress.
Results showed that yoga training done by college students in India resulted in faster 50-yard dash and shuttle run speed by more than 20 percent. The students also scored better on sit-up and flexibility tests, and they jumped 22 percent farther on a power broad jump test. Overall, the strength gains were dramatic and the subjects reported feeling less stress even during challenging exam time.
Other studies have found that yoga practice can support brain function and hormone response, while increasing the secretion of melatonin. Melatonin can aid in restful sleep, and it is a powerful antioxidant that may convey therapeutic effects leading to greater feelings of happiness and tranquility. Yoga can also reduce chronic low back pain, improve balance and gait mechanics in the elderly, and decrease anterior pelvic tilt
For best results with yoga, try the following suggestions:
- Practice at least three days a week, and always avoid positions that cause pain by using proper biomechanics.
- Do yoga in addition to a resistance training program for best results. Lifting moderately heavy loads provides overwhelming strength and tissue building benefits. It also promotes fat burning to keep you lean and sleek.
- If you can’t make it to local yoga classes, try getting a DVD that you can do at your house or go to YouTube. If time is an issue, start with short yoga sessions of 15 minutes.