Yoga is massively popular among both men and women, but there are still some guys out there who think of it as a female thing and have therefore been reluctant to try it out.
Yoga has a ton of benefits, especially for the male body. Men who haven’t yet taken the plunge and joined a yoga studio may want to consider these benefits and give this exercise a shot.
Healing and Preventing Injuries
A big reason why many guys are starting to practice yoga has to do with injuries. Improving your range of motion of critical in all sports. Yoga is by far the best workout you can do for increasing your range of motion. Nothing can beat holding stretches for a long period of time.
The greater your range of motion in your muscles, the less tight and more mobile they are. Increasing your range of motion decreases your chance of injury because your muscles will be able to stretch farther and have less chance of tearing.
Getting Stronger and Leaner Muscles
What guy out there wouldn’t want stronger and leaner muscles? Usually, most dudes resort to lifting weights as their only form of strength training. While that is an effective way for sure, weight lifting puts a tremendous amount of stress on your bones and joints. They also don’t work minor muscles as effectively.
Incorporating yoga into strength workouts can work the sometimes-ignored muscles. Poses like downward dog or plank make you hold a strong and sturdy body position, which gives you great strength and stamina in your upper body and core.
Increasing the range of motion also allows you to access more muscle fibers when working out, which helps build lean and strong muscle.
Who doesn’t want to reduce their stress level? Stress relief is one of the greatest benefits of yoga. and it does so in a couple of ways.
The first is through breathing techniques. Practicing yoga can teach you how to breathe more efficiently and use your entire lungs. Deep breathing can do wonders for stress relief, and specific techniques that are effective include alternate nostril, left nostril, and victorious breathing.
Relaxing the body is another way yoga greatly reduces stress. Releasing tension in muscles that carry a lot of stress, like the shoulder and back muscles, can shed that excess stress. Really athletic guys might want to consider using an aerial yoga swing.
Studies reveal that yoga reduces insomnia. How does this happen? Yoga can make you more comfortable. If you have areas of stiffness in your body, especially your back, you may know how it can be extremely hard to fall asleep.
Tossing and turning for hours trying to find the perfect sleeping position isn’t fun. Doing yoga before crawling into bed can relax muscles and joints and prepare you for sleep. Even a short 10-minute yoga/meditation routine before going to bed can improve the quality of sleep.
Have you ever had one of those nights where a million things are on your mind? It can be hard to fall asleep if there are things that are worrying you. Doing yoga with meditation can greatly reduce this “mental chatter.” Once you address it, you’ll feel much better and it should make going to sleep much easier.
Guys who are active and working out all the time should consider yoga because it can help prevent and heal injuries, and increase strength and stamina. It’s an essential for those athletes who want to take their training to the next level. For a vigorous workout, check out a power yoga video.
But even those who don’t work out can find great benefits in yoga. Relieving stress and improving the quality of sleep can have a positive impact on everyone’s life.
Dustin Holta is a freelance writer based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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