You can’t talk about fitness and not mention yoga. Yoga is probably the ultimate in a low impact workout, one that benefits muscles, joints, breathing and your mind all in one. Some might not consider yoga a work out per se, one comparable to lifting in the gym, a run or a swim, but a workout it is, no less beneficial, if not more so in its totality, than any of the others.
You are working virtually every muscle in your body in a different way — stretching and bending in a slow, deliberate manner. It forces you to listen to your body, making sure you don’t push beyond the limits of what your body is telling you. The more yoga you do, the more flexible and balanced you become, while keeping you muscles and joints limber and pliable.
Yoga also concentrates your breathing and mental focus so yoga actually benefits your mind as well as your body. It’s a discipline you can do at any age and in any physical condition. There’s yoga specifically aimed for the elderly; the controversial, baby yoga; yoga for specific parts of the body, and even chair yoga.
Consider these yoga disciplines:
One I found interesting is Face Yoga, yoga exercises that keep your face muscles taut and fight the effects of aging.
One that expectant mothers should definitely check out is Prenatal Yoga. A great way to keep in shape with gentle exercises.
The various kinds and branches of yoga are varied and many.
That’s just a small sampling. They differ in nuance, focusing on either certain parts of the body, or the mind or both, or concentrating on breathing.
It requires a bit of experimentation on your part and perhaps even attending a few sessions or classes to find the one best suited to you.
Even if you work out regularly at your gym and either run or swim or some other form of cardio exercise, yoga is a terrific discipline to do on a regular basis. It is slow and deliberate, easy on the joints and good for your mind and body no matter what your physical condition.