Summertime is the season of vacations and fun. If you’re like most people, you’re probably going to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Going outside and exercising is a great way to stay in shape and meet your weight loss goals, but in order to do that, you’ll want to keep all of your body healthy, including your skin. Taking advantage of the beautiful, hot weather is definitely the right choice, but be sure to protect against sunburn.
June 21st is hailed as International Yoga Day, declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The origins of yoga date back to the 18th century, seen as a beautiful fusion of physical, mental and spiritual activity. It is practiced by millions around the world often times praised for having a myriad of health benefits. In fact, according to a randomized controlled trial at Johns Hopkins University, 12 groups of participants were assigned to take part in yoga classes. After 8 weeks, they showed significant reduction in pain, as well as better moods, improved physical functions and increased energy levels. Read on for detailed benefits on how rolling out the yoga mat can benefit your life.
- Improves Flexibility – Most of us find ourselves sitting at a desk staring at a computer all day. This unhealthy habit can lead to muscle aches and pains. Yoga is the perfect practice to help loosen your muscles and joints. By giving your muscles a greater range of motion, you are less prone to injuries as well as day-to-day pain.
- Prevents Sickness – No one likes to get sick. Did you know that practicing yoga can help reduce your chance of getting an infection? By practicing yoga, you contract and stretch muscles which moves organs around. This increases drainage of lymph (a fluid rich in immune cells) and helps the lymphatic system fight infections, destroy cancerous cells and dispose of toxic waste in the body.
- Lowers Blood Pressure — Two studies in the British