A proven panacea for stress and effective exercise that lends itself to ages; yoga is the 5,000 year-old, ancient practise that’s popularity is on the rise. And as the importance of mental health and wellbeing generates more recognition in the workplace, it’s yoga that is being used to create more office zen.
As well as serving a multitude of purposes regarding mental and physical health, it’s a perfect exercise that is office-appropriate, since it’s not too physically taxing and only requires a moderate amount of space. This, combined with how versatile yoga can be for everyone’s fitness levels and flexibility, makes it the perfect exercise to adapt in the office. Here are the top five reasons why you should give it a go on your next lunch break:
Through a combination of breathing exercises, meditation, and stretching, research has shown that yoga can help to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, and relieve anxiety. Lunchtime classes in the office can work particularly well. It gives people a chance to get away from the everyday pressures of work, take a break from their desk, and return revitalised, ready to carry on with the rest of their day.
Reduces Back Pain
A common complaint of today’s office workers is back and neck pain from sitting at desks all day, staring at screens. Yoga is such an effective treatment for this type of pain, that new research suggests GPs should be prescribing it as a treatment. The popular lotus position, in particular, is especially beneficial for relieving tension and pain in the neck and back.
Tones and Strengthens
As well as improving flexibility, yoga is recommended for those trying to maintain a healthy weight. Although it may not look like heart-pumping cardio, it’s a great way to burn some extra calories whilst working on muscle tone. Many yoga positions require a great deal of strength to perform and engage all of your body’s muscle groups, especially honing in on your core. And because it’s so versatile, it doesn’t matter how physically fit, agile, or old you are, as yoga can be adapted to any individual’s ability.
As well as alleviating stress, yoga encourages you to live in the present and forgot, even if it’s just for a moment, what’s going on in the outside world. It gives you the opportunity to be completely selfless, and take the time to listen to your thoughts and tune into how you’re really feeling. Whether that’s anger, frustration, boredom, or contentment – meditation, in combination with breathing exercises, helps your mind to find some clarity in your busy workday.
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