Keeping up a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise seems to
be easy for the fitness enthusiasts, but for me it's a chore. At the
end of a day that includes: herding a child to get ready for school, chauffeuring
said child to school, sitting in traffic, eight hours of working, sitting
in more traffic, picking up the child from school, rushing child to whatever
activity is on the schedule that day, making dinner somewhere in there,
eating dinner, urging child to eat their dinner (which takes the longest),
playing the "getting child ready for bed" game– After
all of this, the first thing that DOES NOT come to mind is "Great,
now I can exercise!" Does any of this sound familiar?
One of the reasons I lean towards Yoga for regular exercise is because
the only energy you need to give is the energy you have. And for me, some
days I have more than others. Of course, there are different types of
Yoga, but any style can improve strength, flexibility, and balance. If
you are new to yoga, webmd.com has a great article that helps you figure out
which style of yoga is best for you.
Additional benefits of using yoga as a form of exercise in your life:
- It can be practiced in a class/group setting or privately at home.
- The meditation and breathing techniques used help to reduce stress and anxiety.
- The variety of styles and types makes it more likely to find a style that
works for you.
In case you don't think you can do yoga, check out this video about
Arthur Boorman. It really inspired me:
What's your yoga style?