When it comes to fitness and healthy living, Yoga is not the first practice that comes to mind for males. They’d much rather hit the gym, work on lifting, play team sports or do some cardio. Traditionally, yoga falls more in the realm of a female activity and healthy way of living, but it doesn’t have to be. Yoga can build a solid base for all the other activities men like to do. Flexibility, range of motion and cutting fat all come with yoga practice.
Men’s Fitness put together three reasons why men should try yoga on their website. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights in their article.
- Range Of Motion – Yoga widens range of motion and increases access to more muscle fibers, allowing for more substantial hypertrophy in any given muscle group. When a muscle is enlarged because of enlarged cells, that’s hypertrophy.
- Cutting Fat- Deep abdominal breathing is a huge part of yoga, and it activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This lowers levels of cortisol, a hormone that forces your body to hold on to belly fat. Training yourself to breathe deeply through yoga can reduce stress and cortisol levels in your daily life.
- Breathing and Heart Rate – Lowering your heart rate is a good thing. More intense yoga routines will challenge your heart and breathing rates, which strengthen your cardiovascular system and can lead to a reduction in overall heart rate. It’ll help improve your breathing, getting more oxygen to your body and muscle groups allowing you to work more efficiently and effectively.