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Fitness Tip: Reduce Stress with Yoga

Fitness Tip: Reduce Stress with Yoga

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.

Have you tried yoga? What do you like or dislike about it? Have a fitness tip to share? Feel free!

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  1. Lena says:

    I feel like I need to do yoga, but I only tried it at home with DVD

  2. After having a hard drive crash you must feel like you need all the stress reduction you can get! Yoga is a real stress reducer for me too!

  3. Dede says:

    I love yoga; it’s so easy to modify the moves when my knee hurts or back aches.

  4. Liz says:

    I have only done yoga ONCE – I did synchronized swimming (like dancing in the water, almost) for one semester in college and we did yoga. I was not very good at it but I’d like to try it again some day.

  5. melissa says:

    I need to try yoga. After I have this baby, I am going to give it a try!

  6. I think yoga could really be beneficial to me. I carry around A LOT of stress all the time. Both my grandmother and my Mom struggle with anxiety as well. They are both on medication for it, but I’d love to find a natural way to deal with it.

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