Yoga Is Much More Than Stretching And Exercise
Women: Fitness 101
You're a bit overweight. You're out of shape. You want to do something about it.
The first thing you can do is pick up a yoga mat and begin studying yoga.
Why should you take up yoga? All that will get you is the ability to put your feet behind your ears, get stuck, and have some unkind friend roll you about like a bowling ball, won't it?
There are several good reasons to take up yoga.
Ever look at a little kid - so flexible, able to tumble around on a mat and do the splits with ease? As you age, that flexibleness gradually disappears - in particular if you don't maintain it by stretching.
Why should you stay flexible? Well, if you watch baseball, you know. The first baseman seems to have to perform the splits at least once a game, as he (or she, if we're talking softball) has to stretch in order to catch a ball in the dirt.
In the real world, it can happen as well, as you slip on a piece of ice or banana peel or anything, and one foot goes one way and the other foot goes the other way. If you're flexible, and able to do the splits with ease, chances are these undignified and accidental splits aren't going to hurt you. But if you're stiff and inflexible, the chances of getting seriously hurt rise exponentially.
In addition, being able to stretch and feel every muscle, and have control over every inch of your body, simply feels good.
Finally, a part of yoga that you do not want to ignore is the meditation.
Yoga is much more than stretching and exercise. It's also a meditation technique...and in this particular stressful climate - what with the state of the economy and so on - meditation and being able to release stress is more important than ever.
Why pick up a yoga mat? There are many reasons. If you have problems keeping up with your exercises, and need to "get in the mood" - one such method is to purchase a yoga mat and use it for doing yoga, because once it's on the floor, you know it's time to start stretching. It's your exercise "home."
In addition, of course, with the fine materials that these mats are made of (Ultimate Fitness Gear has three different styles to fit all budgets), you'll be protecting your floor - and your joints - while working out.
As with any exercise, you don't want to go too far too fast with yoga. It's not a question of "no pain, no gain" here! If you do the moves incorrectly, or try to stretch too far before you're ready, you can injure a tendon or worse.
Steadily stretching, such that you improve on a weekly rather than a daily basis, is the way to go.
If you don't want to take a yoga class at your local Y, check out the various videos on YouTube that give demonstrations of yoga, and pick up a few books from the library.
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