Guest Post By: Ayushi Bhatnagar from Sharda Hospital
Getting healthier and fitter in life calls for lifestyle changes and continued efforts. Joining a gym to stay healthy is a common decision people make, but what if you cannot spare 2 hours every day to go to the gym?
That’s where yoga brings a great opportunity. Not only it does it help in developing a strong and flexible physique, but also offers calm and tranquility.
Although all forms of exercise help in keeping you fit, there are several reasons why yoga over the gym would be a YES for you. From increased focus to flexibility to health, we give you 9 clues for why you should be rolling out the yoga mat.
Why Yoga over Gym?
Here’s a roundup of interesting arguments about why to choose yoga over the gym.
- A Bucket Full of Choices
You must be thinking that the gym also offers a variety of exercises including squats, lunges, crunches, etc. How is yoga any different?
To your answer, ‘Yoga can be different every single day.’ Want a challenge? Add pincha mayurasana or bakasana into your practice. Need to focus? Try natarajasana or vrksasana. Or if you’re seeking relaxation, practice savasana or balasana.
There’s always something new to learn in yoga.
- Lesss Injuries
Unless you’re trying any intensive yoga aasans, you can be sure to ward off injuries. As in yoga, you learn to connect your body and mind. There are no rigorous workout sessions or pushing yourself to limits until your body gives up.
You are not pulling up heavy equipment that could you injury or muscle soreness. It’s just you and your whole self.
- Flexibility of Place
Whether you’re on a vacation, caught up in work, or simply busy, you can practice yoga anywhere. It doesn’t require a formal setting, machinery, or any other equipment.
All you need is your body and a place where you can be free. On the other hand, gyms turn out to be restrictive in terms of time and space. If your work hours do not match the gym hours, you end up missing it most of the time.
- Easy on Your Pocket
Again, no formal set-up is required, just you and your mat. On the other hand, when you register for a membership in the gym, you pay a huge amount. And, that is not it, if you are a beginner, you will ideally need the assistance of a personal gym trainer. Therefore, big bucks flowing out of your pocket.
In yoga, no critical training is necessary. If you need some guidance, there are plenty of great, yoga guru online videos available. Besides, you can wear any type of clothes that allow you to move freely.
- No Competition!
Once you enter the gym, you can possibly feel the streak of competition running around. Be it the woman running on the treadmill next to you or the man lifting weight against you.
In fact, people often do not hesitate in trying risky workouts for the same reason which might even hurt them badly. On the yoga mat, it’s just you with yourself. Competitiveness does not exist in yoga studios either. Everyone focuses on their own poses and try to feel the peace yoga brings to them.
- Concentration Booster
While practicing yoga, you focus on the posture, breath, and the gaze. Distractions automatically tune out. If you try concentrating at the gym, the focus and silence are not exactly the same. Besides, yoga teaches how to control your negative thoughts and embrace who you are.
- Gives Balance and Peace
Yoga chitta vritti nirodha which means yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind. It drains out the emotional clutter and helps you concentrate better. Simply put, it melts down the loops of regret, frustration, anger, fear, and desire that cause stress.
As a result, you experience peace and serenity in your surroundings. In other words, yoga brings mindfulness. You start to live in present, appreciate little things around you and enjoy life at its best.
- Benefits from Head-to-Toe
Yoga is a full body workout. Unlike gym workouts, which works on particular body parts at a time, yoga bestows its benefits to every nook and corner of your body.
Where a gym workout is focused on strengthening muscles and cardio, yoga detoxes the body and improves the cardiovascular system. It also helps in keeping the mood calm. Practising yoga brings a sense of composure in oneself, further leading to get through any situation without feeling pressured and stressed.
Still looking for reasons to choose yoga over gym?
- No Withdrawal Effects
The best perk of practicing yoga is – its discontinuance doesn’t cause any major effects to the body. On the other hand, quitting gym may result in losing the body tone. Moreover, there might be body pain and soreness of muscles.
Other withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, anxiety, depression, guilt, tension, and discomfort, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and headaches.
Are you up for yoga now? If yes, then, you’re ready to love your curves and edges, your mind and soul. You’re ready to work on yourself in calmness and tranquility regardless of worrying what others are doing or thinking. It’s you and the benefits yoga will bestow on your body.
Contributor Bio – The blog is presented by Sharda Hospital and intends to spread awareness about better health through yoga. Sharda Hospital is one of the largest super speciality hospitals in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).