Yoga has been helping people get fit, healthy and happy for five thousand years.
While some people do yoga for spiritual reasons, most of us do it because it just makes us feel great. It turns out there is some pretty solid science behind why yoga makes us feel good and keeps us in shape – especially as we get older.
Yoga is good for your heart health
Yoga can be as or more effective as running, power walking or cycling for your cardiovascular fitness. So even though the relaxed yoga environment might not make you feel like you are getting a traditional aerobic workout, research tells us otherwise.
Plus, you have to admit stretching on a yoga mat beats pounding it out on a treadmill any day!
Yoga can reduce depression and anxiety
Just one yoga class can change your mood for the better. Research has shown doing yoga can elevate your brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels – some of the stuff responsible for making you feel happy. People who suffer depression or anxiety often have low GABA levels. Yoga is a natural way to boost this important neurotransmitter.
Yoga can help manage diabetes risk
Regular yoga practice has been linked to healthy BMI, lower blood pressure and reduced belly fat. These are all risk factors for diabetes. So while yoga is not a treatment for diabetes, it can help you keep your health in check and reduce your risk of developing diabetes. If you already have diabetes, yoga can help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall health and quality of life.
So what are you waiting for?
We only just scratched the surface with these three reasons why you need to do yoga. There are literally dozens more and we will cover them in future posts.
If you are want to take care of your mental and physical health, why don’t you join us for a class at New You Yoga?
We have a friendly and relaxed environment and small class sizes in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. This means you always get the personalised attention you deserve at times and locations convenient for you.
If you have any questions, write them in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.