If the thought of weight lifting as a way to improve your overall health doesn’t appeal to you don’t despair, there are many options.
First, here’s a quick definition of physical fitness to determine if your chosen activity is sufficient for achieving your health and fitness goals. Physical fitness encompasses six components; cardio-vascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition, and core strength. Any activity that contributes to the enhancement of one or more of these areas is acceptable.
Conditioning the body can also be based solely on specific activities. For instance, if you’re a marathoner your conditioning would predominately be centered around cardio-vascular and muscular endurance.
Unemployment can produce higher than normal stress levels. Engaging in a physical activity to help reduce stress while also receiving health benefits is advantageous. Yoga is just such an activity. As human beings, it is our birthright to be happy, healthy, and vibrant. Unfortunately, the world we live in today can make unhappiness, sickness, depression, and frustration seem to be the norm.
Yoga, developed thousands of years ago by highly evolved humanists and sages, is a scientific method designed to help us develop physically, mentally and psychologically into more complete human beings. The word yoga implies harmony and balance between all aspects of creation, and helps connect us to our higher self. There are many different forms of yoga, all providing physical, mental, and psychological benefits to the practitioner.
Yoga stimulates endocrine activity, which is a major component in the regulation and stabilization of emotions. When practiced regularly, yoga uplifts the mind as well as the emotions. Practiced regularly, it can elevate consciousness while creating a sense of harmony with all of nature. Yoga has been shown to create balance of body, mind and emotions, and is an excellent way to bring tranquility at a time when life can seem daunting.
Consider yoga for your health and fitness. It’s a tool you can use for the rest of your life. When your energies are balanced they result in perfect health. The postures and breath control involved in yoga also help the body eliminate toxins while energizing and strengthening the entire body, including the nervous system. As a result you begin to feel more energetic yet relaxed, free from tension and more easily able to meet the demands of everyday living.
“Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.” – Burton Hill
Chris Christian is a certified personal trainer who instructs on fitness and nutrition for the City Colleges of Chicago. He has been pursuing his passion for over 30 years and enjoys helping others enhance their lives. Chris’s articles on fitness can be found at fitness.suite101.com.