We all love the idea of being fit, donâ€™t we? There is no doubt about why we love it so much because, being fit not only makes one feel good physically but, it also greatly contributes to mental well-being. We live in a fast-paced world where we work very hard every day but in the process, we tend to forget ourselves. We forget to prioritize our body that is working so hard to keep us alive. Most of us tend to prioritize work over our health which is truly concerning. Think about it, we have 24 hours in a day and we canâ€™t spend 50 minutes for ourselves? Research says, exercising for 50 minutes a day, five times a week is enough to stay fit and maintain good health.
Yoga, My â€˜Go-Toâ€™ Workout!
The perks of engaging in physical activities are plenty. I personally enjoy practicing yoga on a day to day basis because this not only calms me, but it also helps me reduce stress and has improved my sense of balance to a large extent. Along with this, I have come to observe that it also helps me remain focused while performing various tasks throughout my day at work. I started working out three years ago and with time, I not only started seeing differences in my body, but I started feeling good about myself.
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to staying fit, right? Mine is, yoga! And in this article, I am going to list the activities that I engage in to stay fit. The article will also help in throwing some light on how you can get started too. Happy reading!
Activities I engage in and their benefits
I include three different types of Yoga forms in my routine. They are; Relax yoga, Hatha Yoga and Power yoga which is also known as Vinyasa yoga.
- Relax yoga focuses mostly on releasing the tension and stress in our mind and body to a great extent. It is known for having immediate effects on your body when you pursue it. Also, you do not need any prior practice to involve in this form of yoga. The poses are simple yet relaxing and you will feel the difference after you start practicing. During my sessions, I include about eight to ten minutes of gentle Surya namaskar (Sivananda style), meditation, pranayama, and kriya practice. You can definitely engage in this form if you want to relieve stress and calm all your muscles in your body. This is not the type of yoga that will help you burn a lot of calories but it does have benefits that can last long. With regular practice, you will notice differences in your core muscles and breathing.
- Another form of yoga I practice is Hatha yoga. This type of yoga is known to reduce muscle stiffness and improve the flow of blood and oxygen to all the organs in our body. Each session of Hatha yoga I practice includes a good fifteen-minute warm up with Sivananda style Surya namaskar and about 25 minutes of asana practice that targets different parts of my entire body. I hold each pose for ten breaths which lasts for 40-45 seconds. If your goal is to lose weight, then this form of yoga is considered to be slower in letting you reach your goals but, the wait is worth it! You will have lasting effects and I can vouch for that. During the process, you will discover yourself to be more flexible than ever before and you will also be able to strengthen and tone your muscles.
- I practice Power yoga three times a week and each session lasts 50 minutes. Power yoga is known to be intense since the poses are held for a longer duration and if you are a beginner, I would advise you to take a minimum of five to six Hatha yoga classes before you start practicing the Vinyasa style. Power yoga is known to be very effective in terms of burning calories and hence it is â€˜Theâ€™ yoga style if your goal is to shed a few pounds. During my Power yoga sessions, I practice four strong Vinyasa sequences with a fifty seconds break in between each sequence. Each sequence I practice has five asanas which are done in a continuous flow.
How can you get started?
Yoga is a slow process but with time, you will see miraculous results! First, you must go ahead and get yourself registered at a nearby yoga studio. I would recommend you to start practicing yoga under the guidance of someone who has a certification and has been trained well in the past. Once you are aware and understand the significance and benefits of every form of yoga you are taught, then you can start practicing on your own. Not to forget, the internet is loaded with videos of influencers who practice yoga.
Apart from engaging in physical activity, I make sure I include healthy meals and set daily targets for myself. Making healthier choices has helped me reach my goals faster. Setting goals for yourself is the best thing to do if your aim is to stay fit. How about making use of your smartphones to set rewarding targets? I use my phone to track the number of steps I walk every day. I usually look forward to walking at least 5000 steps each day. You could start off by having a goal of walking 3000 steps every day and then gradually increase the count. In no time you will start to feel the change and will also be motivated by your efforts.
There are no drawbacks of doing any of the styles I have mentioned earlier. The only drawback I think is that if your goal is to lose weight in a month or two that will not be possible with yoga in a short period. Yoga has a wide range of benefits and practicing it regularly will bring drastic changes with time. It will teach you the art of patience and determination and will make you a stronger person both in body and mind.
Determination And Commitment Are All You Need!
It isnâ€™t a bad idea to take some time out of your hectic schedule for yourself, right? Today, make a promise to yourself and begin your journey. Trust me when I say this, that feeling you get when you run a mile or achieve those targets you set, you really do feel good about yourself. And thatâ€™s what we all want, right?