One month into the new year and you already discovered that you gave up on your resolution to lose weight.This hasn’t been the first time you’ve given up on resolution so soon. In the past you’ve tried it all. You tried all of the popular exercise classes: Zumba,Insanity, P-90X, Boot camp tutorials, etc. Anything with a crazy intense instructor you’ve tried, but nothing seems to stick.In this dilemma you have two options: The first is to give up and never accomplish your goal of weight loss and down the tub of Nutella by your side and feel guilty about it later. Or you can choose the second option which is taking the initiative to commit to the promise you made yourself year after year.
But there’s too many exercise regimens to choose from you say? Well that is true, and each regimen has its benefits, but have you considered yoga? “It’s just a group of people lying on mats, twisting into crazy poses”. Yes, that is also true to an extent, but it is also a regimen that you should consider incorporating into your exercise routine. And for many people out there, you’d be shocked to know that you might already have the proper equipment to start right away. You have the determined mindset, and you have countless pairs of yoga pants that you’ve been using for regular wear instead of actually practicing yoga. So here’s your chance to put those pants to use on a mat.
Yoga can help you lose weight but not in the traditional sense. To lose weight you must watch how many calories you burn off and how many calories you intake when eating. According to researchers a yoga session lasts between 60-90 minutes, and most yogi people only burn between 100-300 calories. This may be a bummer to people that want to lose weight through yoga and only yoga.
So why bother you may ask. If yoga doesn’t burn calories then what does it do to help weight loss? That is where the determined mindset I mentioned before comes into play. Yoga is not only an exercise routine, but it is also a practice that helps you become mindful about your body. It helps you listen to your body and what it needs when you’re on the mat. The lesson also doesn’t just end on the mat,it follows you throughout your whole day.
Yoga helps you deal with stress, and stress often is the culprit to when we decide to binge eat or emotional eat. Yoga helps you become more self aware and mindful of the things you put into your body. You’ll become more likely to make better food choices. And if you do have a diet hiccup, researchers say that you will be more forgiving to yourself while practicing yoga. This is because you are discovering what foods feel good and digest easily, and are more likely to return to healthier food the next time you eat.
Like many other exercise regimens, changes must be done from the inside and out, and yoga is no exception. To fully see results you must dedicate at least 5 sessions a week along with other forms of exercise. But don’t rule yoga out of your regimen just yet. Give it a chance and roll out a mat. After a few sessions you will see a change in your perspective on yourself and how you view food, your body, and your mindset.
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