Do you need an exercise to help get you through the cold months? Of course you do. And yoga, with its uplifting poses, is the perfect wintertime workout. Here’s why.
1. It Keeps You Warm
When the temperatures drop, it’s hard to get your metabolism kicking into an active state. Yoga counters the cold by heating the body gradually. Yoga helps circulation and keeps hands and feet warm. Plus, when you’re tempted to go into “hibernation mode,” its slow moves aren’t jarring.
2. It Boosts Your Immune System
Yoga raises blood oxygen levels and keeps the circulatory system working properly. With higher oxygen levels in the blood, your body is better able to fight off illness or infection.
3. It Helps Prevent Winter Weight Gain
Between comfort foods and holiday feasts, the holidays are ‘times of testing’ for those who watch what they eat. Plus, there’s less opportunity to do outdoor physical activities. Yoga can spark your metabolism into action.
4. You Need an Indoor Activity
Yoga can be done anywhere — most importantly a heated studio. And it can help you beat cabin fever. Some say yoga helps let the mind wander or that it takes you to another place. It can give you the inspiration you need to get you through the darkest hours of winter by helping stimulate your mind.
5. You’ll Breathe Easier
Do you have asthma or find yourself short of breath every winter, especially when the wind chill drops to freezing temperatures? Yoga can improve respiratory function and is known to correct asthma related symptoms such as shortness of breath. So if you have respiratory problems, pay special attention to practicing your breaths with each pose.
6. It Prevents the Winter Blues
Winter is a drag for your brain but yoga is a source of positivity. Yogis agree that yoga can make you happy, healthy and ready to take on the challenge of winter by providing an opportunity to meditate and escape from the everyday drudge into a tranquil place inside your mind.
Convinced yoga can brighten your winter? See how it can ease your mornings too.