In celebration of International Day of Yoga (June 21st), today’s health and fitness guide features expert tips on 4 easy ways to fit yoga into your daily routine.
Whether you’ve taken a yoga class or not, incorporating yoga poses and stretching into your life will not only help you stay lean, long, and limber, it will also benefit you by alleviating pain and aches associated with tight muscles.
What is International Day of Yoga?
As explained on idayofyoga.org: “Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: ‘Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.'”
Since many of us lead busy lives, filled with hours in front of a computer or time spent driving from one place to the next, it behooves us to take a few moments each day to spend doing stretching and strengthening exercises. For this reason, yoga is one of the most beloved exercise programs in the world, that has not only helped people become stronger and more flexible, it also has helped millions of folks get centered, become more peaceful, and cope with stress much better.
4 Easy Ways To Fit Yoga Into Your Daily Routine
Tip # 1: “Our bodies thrive on activity, which means that sitting at a desk all day can cause problems. When we do not put all our joints through a normal range of motion, the various muscles supporting our joints will be stretched or shortened. For example, our gluteus muscles max, medius and minimus will be stretched as we sit all day and our thigh muscles will be shortened for the same reason.
That’s why yoga is so helpful because it puts all our muscles through a proper range of motion. Unless you are sitting on a balance ball, sitting in a chair all day does not strengthen your core and you develop the Muffin Top. If you work at a desk, get up every 30-40 minutes to walk around, stretch or get a drink of water.”
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health and a Medical Advisory Board Member at the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
Tip # 2: “Creating change takes commitment and time. The advice I often give others seeking to create long-lasting change is to: start small, stay steady, and build from there. Commit to your new routine by doing it every day for 21 days. Staying steady sets you up to create a new habit.”
Cara Bradley, yoga teacher and the founder of Verge Yoga, is also the author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine (New World Library) April 2016.
Tip # 3: “Having the right playlist for your workout can be super motivating and kick your workout up to the next level! Spend some time on Spotify finding playlists that make you want to move and push yourself harder or make your own! Look for remixes of your favorite hit songs.”
Jen Decurtins is a Premier Protein Trainer ambassador, author of Ultimate Plank Fitness and a trainer at Metro Fitness Club.
Tip # 4: “Flexibility is highly important, yet undervalued component of health. Start stretching as soon as you wake, as well as before and after exercising. Stress leads to over/under eating and poor sleep quality. Develop healthy stress reduction habits: Cardio exercise, yoga, meditation and quiet space.”
Trish Welch is a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Sea Island.
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