As the new year begins, motivation is high and new gym memberships are through the roof. But here are 7 reasons why yoga is better than a standard gym work out…
1. Great for mental health
The benefits that yoga has for your mental health are well documented. It is proven to be a stress release tool and can help you sleep better at night.
2. Less aches and pains
If you suffer from little niggly injuries in your everyday life, yoga could be the key to relieving the pain. It’s great for lower back pain, hamstring injuries and neck problems.=
3. Long lean muscles
Instead of forming short, bulky muscles, yoga helps to create long, lean muscle mass. This helps to create a better body shape and definition.
4. Increases sports performance
If you’re an avid sports person, yoga can benefit your breathing, muscle power and flexibility. It’s an easier way of perfecting key elements of numerous sports, whilst in a relaxing environment.
5. Prevents injuries
By keeping your muscles strong, stretched and in peak shape, yoga can actually help to prevent injuries during cardio vascular exercise.
6. Improves posture
A good posture is key in a healthy lifestyle. Yoga allows you to improve core strength, which in turn alters the way you hold yourself.
7. Group workouts at your own pace
One of the best things about Yoga is the group atmosphere. Its friendly, inviting and allows everyone to work at their own pace, in the same class!
So if you live in, or near, the Ribble Valley and fancy having a go, check out our Times page for more information about classes.