Here is my fitness tip for the week. I have been really stressed lately so I know I need to get back into a regular yoga practice.
Practicing yoga can do more than relieve stress, it can also impact all of the wear and tear on your body associated with stress. We’ve all experienced the “fight or flight” response to a stressful situation — rapid heart rate, sweating, and increase in blood pressure.
Yoga can create a “restorative state” to bring you down from this stressful level and reduce stress hormones released in the body. Chronic stress can cause physical and mental deterioration over time, so reducing stress hormones through yoga is especially important.
If you have never tried yoga, I highly recommend taking beginner lessons from a respective yoga studio. While yoga seems gentle and might even look easy, you can really hurt yourself if you don’t do the moves correctly. Believe me, I hurt my back following a video that was supposed to be for beginners. Take it slow and steady.