International Day of Yoga: Why yoga should be a part of your fitness regime

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There are many things people can do to improve their fitness, especially if they want to stay in shape. Yoga is one of them. Not only does this help a person stay healthy, but it also promotes weight loss, an overall increase in mood, and flexibility.

According to Amol Naikawady, preventive health specialist and joint managing director of Indus Health Plus, exercise doesn’t affect everyone the same.

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Some people may say, “I spend more time at the gym than my friend, but I can’t even lose half the weight.” Answers in DNA. Variations in the ACTN3 gene are associated with various exercise-related parameters. If a person has normal ACTN3, they will have more type II muscle fibers associated with high muscle strength and will therefore excel in strength sports such as sprinting. Individuals carrying various forms of ACTN3 may perform better with endurance-based activities such as marathons,” he explains.

Nykawady adds that studies show that following a “genetically engineered training plan” can lead to “three times more results than following a random training plan.” “Your genetic makeup determines what type of exercise you respond to, how injury prone you are and how long it takes you to recover.”

He claims that when people combine a personalized fitness approach with yoga, they can achieve their goals much faster and more effectively. “Many people combine yoga with other workouts such as weightlifting, strength training and sports. They benefit from mind and body interference.”

According to Naikawady, incorporating yoga into a routine can have the following benefits:

1. Increases flexibility: When was the last time you wanted to touch your toes while leaning forward? Yoga can not only improve your flexibilitybut also allow you to perform complex asanas.

2. Muscle strength: Yoga can strengthen weak muscles. It helps in preventing muscle tension by toning the muscles.

3. Increased Metabolism: Yoga keeps your body healthy. Your body’s metabolism improves and you feel better; it also motivates you to eat well.

3. Posture: Long hours at a desk can put a lot of strain on your spine. Practicing certain yoga asanas can help you improve your posture and prevent neck and lower back pain.

Yoga can strengthen weak muscles. It helps in preventing muscle tension by toning the muscles. (Photo: Getty/Thinkstock)

4. Lowers Blood Sugar: Yoga not only lowers blood sugar levelsbut also lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol. This motivates weight loss and increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

5. Blood flow: Yoga relaxation exercises regulate blood flow to all parts of the body. Exercises such as the handstand help blood flow from the lower body to the heart, where it can be pumped back to the lungs for oxygenation.

6. Keeps diseases at bay: Exercise, which boosts the immune system, also helps keep diseases at bay. It not only destroys various viruses, but also boosts immunity to fight diseases.

7. Increases self-esteem: By practicing yoga, you will be able to explore different aspects of your personality. It would make you feel better about yourself.

8. Improves lung function: Many breathing exercises can improve lung function. Such exercises can help cure breathing problems in the long run.

9. Improves sleep: Regular yoga practice can help reduce stress and create a routine for regular sleep pattern. A relaxed body sleeps deeper and more restfully.

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