Most people exercise to lose weight, build muscle and change their body shape. What they don’t realize is how important it is to stretch and create muscular length. The main focus is always weight loss or muscular strength when it should be about creating a balance between strength and length. You should be as long as you are strong!
Take this little test:
- Can you bend and reach without discomfort?
- Can you touch your toes?
- Does your spine feel supple and mobile?
- Do you have full range of motion at the shoulder?
If you answered “No” to these questions, it may be because you’re neglecting flexibility training and postural work.
Yoga is one of the most effective ways to improve posture and flexibility. Strong yoga practices actually work your entire body, particularly your core, and teach you how to hold yourself in optimal alignment in a variety of positions. They are the perfect complement to any fitness routine.
For optimum health and wellness it’s important that we have full range of motion at the joints and that we have strong, long muscles. Adding yoga to your program is not only good for your flexibility and joint mobility, but it’s also an excellent way to manage stress. Even if you can only attend once a week, you will notice a difference physically and mentally.
There is no need to be intimidated by yoga; yoga is for everyone. Try a range of different types/styles of yoga and remember that most of the time it’s about finding an instructor that you like, more so the type of yoga you like. A good teacher should be able to offer options/alternatives so individuals are comfortable in each pose and feel a sense of achievement.
Try adding yoga to your program and start to stretch it out!