Yoga is a great, non-strenuous form of exercise that can improve your physical and mental health. This article will explore just some of the many ways that yoga can improve your physical health.
Builds Muscle Strength
Strong muscles help protect us from things such as arthritis and back pain, they also help prevent falls when you’re a lot older. Building strength with yoga allows you to balance it with flexibility.
Prevents Cartilage and Joint Breakdown
Because your joints go through a full range of motion when you’re doing yoga this can also prevent conditions such as degenerative arthritis and mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” cartilage that you wouldn’t normally use. It’s called squeezing and soaking because your cartilage is like a sponge; it can only receive fresh nutrients when its fluid is squeezed out, allowing a new supply to be soaked up. Neglected areas of cartilage with no proper sustenance can wear out and expose underlying bone.
Spinal disks need movement, it’s the only way that they get their nutrients. Yoga will help your disks stay supple.
Drains Your Lymph’s and Boosts Immunity
When you come in and out of yoga poses, the drainage of your lymph occurs due to the muscles contracting and stretching, and your organs moving around. This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of toxic waste products in your cells.
Helps You Sleep Better
Yoga can be used as a method to manage stress and anxiety, and this can help you sleep better. Yoga gives you the right amount of stimulation to get your heart rate going and get tired, but in a way that you don’t overdo it.
Prevents IBS and Other Digestive Problems
Digestive problems such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation can be worsened by stress. Stretching and twisting in yoga may also help waste getting removed from the body.
Lowers Blood Sugar
Yoga lowers the bad cholesterol in your body and boosts the good cholesterol. Yoga has even been effective in lowering blood sugar in those who have diabetes. It does this by; lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin. Lowering your blood pressure will help decrease the risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness.
Poor posture can cause problems with your neck, back, and other joints and muscles as slumping can cause your body to try and compensate by flattening the normal inward curve of your neck and lower back. This can lead to problems later in life such as pain and degenerative arthritis in the spine.
Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle
Laziness breeds laziness. Yoga allows you to get moving and burn calories in a way that you won’t overly exert yourself. It may also encourage you to follow a better lifestyle and eat better as you will start to feel better about yourself.