Yoga is often recommended as a health practice for men and women; however, it is often overlooked by men as it tends to be stereotyped as a more feminine exercise and not seen to be as challenging as other workouts.
While many people may associate yoga with just breathing and stretching for an hour, it has been proven to have a whole host of powerful benefits for physical and mental health including relaxation, toning the body and even a better sex life.
We’ve listed our top 7 reasons of how yoga can benefit men so that you’ll be practising your asana’s in no time:
1. Strengthen muscles and enhance flexibility
Yoga often involves holding flows for a prolonged period than your body is normally used to. While this will be difficult as first, regular practice will lengthen your muscles and tone your physique while dynamic poses and stretches will help to enhance your flexibility and reduce back pain.
2. Prevent injury
The stretches in different poses will help to lengthen and relax your muscles which will ensure an adequate blood and oxygen supply to the muscles. This, in turn, helps to speed up muscle recovery and eliminate tightness and strains for any other workouts.
3. Improve digestion
There are many postures involving twists that massage the internal organs and can help to improve your digestive health and aid problems such as bloating and constipation.
4. Stress relief
The variety of asanas and breathing techniques in yoga can help to reduce cortisol, the hormone that’s released when you are stressed which can lead to serious health implications.
5. Better sex life
Yoga can help to increase blood flow to the genital area and speeds up the release of hormones that boost arousal. This can help to reduce the chance of premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.
6. Improve your mental health
Yoga, like other exercises, can increase the production of endorphins in the body. Yoga also uses meditation techniques that help with mental relaxation and concentration.
7. Boost the immune system
Yoga can improve the blood flow in the body, increase the discharge of toxins in the body and keep the vital organs functioning well.
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