Parties, cakes, cookies, treats galore! The holiday season is upon us! But, that doesn’t mean you need to pack on the pounds to being festive, and you don’t have to skip the parties either. You can have fun and be social without your waistline paying the price.
Hit the yoga mat to stay fit this holiday season. Here’s how yoga can help:
Yoga builds stamina.
Let’s face it, you need to have strength to get through the holiday season. Yoga can help you get through it because in order to do yoga, you need to have stamina to do the various poses. Stamina is measured by endurance and discipline, both of which yoga teaches.
Yoga makes you crave healthier foods.
During the holiday season, there are sugary treats everywhere. When you do yoga, your body begins to crave healthier alternatives of food. As you continue to practice, you’ll notice your body begin to crave more of what it needs for fuel to continue doing yoga, like fruits, vegetables, and protein.
All of these foods will help you stay fit.
Yoga can help you keep the pounds off.
If you’re adding more calories to your diet over the holidays then you’ll want to increase the number of calories you burn. Practicing yoga can help you burn calories and lose weight.
A four-year study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that middle-aged adults who did yoga at least once a week gained three pounds less than people who did other types of exercise.
Yoga helps to get the blood pumping & keep blood pressure down.
With the stress that comes along with holiday shopping, family visits, and traveling, anything you can do to lower your blood pressure is helpful. The asanas you’ll go through in a yoga class improve the blood circulation to your heart and arteries, keeping everything flowing as it should.
Yoga also puts you in a parasympathetic state, bringing your heart rate and blood pressure down.
Yoga can help you avoid overeating.
Let’s face it, we can get emotional during the holiday season, leading some of us to overeat or indulge in foods we would normally avoid. Sometimes the excitement of the season can get us so pumped that nutrition is the last thing on our minds.
Yoga can help make you more mindful of what you put in your body, thus keeping you more fit.
A study done at Deakin University in Australia found that yoga helped people who were dealing with binge eating. For twelve weeks they were part of a yoga program that included postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. When the program was over, the participants reported less binge-eating, lower BMIs, as well as decreases in hip and waist measurements.
Before the holiday season starts to impact your waistline, grab a yoga mat and strike a few poses. This way, you can enjoy the festive and fun time of year while keeping your health a priority and your holiday habits under control.
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