Tips For Yoga And Weight Loss
Have you ever seen a fat yogi? No, I didn’t think so! Yoga today is not about going to an ashram in India but is all about classes where you can do a series of yoga exercise. Since yoga poses incorporate a lot of stretching, it is a wonderful way to keep your body lithe and toned.
Since weight loss is such a buzz word, is there a possibility that yoga and weight loss go together? Many people think so and there are even programs you can buy specifically to lose weight while doing your yoga regime. Of course, doing regular exercises (and we can include yoga here) will make you feel better and will usually reduce cravings for unhealthy foods.
Today people do not just want to lose weight but they want to become healthy too. With this in mind, here are some yoga poses that can help to stimulate the liver. Our liver is our detox genie.
It cleanses and purifies our blood and processes all fats, so stimulating this organ with yoga and weight loss will usually be a result. The cobra pose, the bow pose, wheel and spinal twist are all great for your liver. These poses are also not difficult to do.
Next on the list of organs and glands that help you lose weight is the thyroid gland. This gland regulates our metabolism which is why it should be always in optimum health.
Some people who have weight issues have hypothyroidism which means that their thyroid is under active and is therefore sluggish is burning off fat.
Yoga poses to help regulate the thyroid are the fish pose and the shoulder stand.
Another problem we have is that usually our bodies are far too acidic. No wonder when we drink coffee all the time and eat fast foods and processed foods.
Our bodies have a hard time processing all these ‘nonfoods’ which is why we should in any case be adding fresh organic fruits and vegetables to our diet.
Two yoga poses will help us alkalize our body are Paschimottanasana which is the seated forward bend and the head to knee pose.
Nowadays stress seems to be a way of life but there is good stress (excitement and anticipation) or bad stress (being overwhelmed). Unfortunately we are very overwhelmed with our hectic lifestyles and pressure to earn enough money to survive.
However, if we are overweight, that causes a huge amount of stress too. We often lead a life that has little to do with nature.
We sit down all day in our jobs and often stare at the computer screen and/or the TV screen, smart phones and tablets for hours at a time. This is obviously not the healthiest lifestyle and we often lack the time or energy to go for a walk or a run in nature breathing fresh air, which would help to balance ourselves.
To get ourselves to a more balanced state, Savasana or the corpse pose would help us a lot as well as Viparita Karani where we put our legs up a wall.
These poses will help you to get your body back to balance and will show you that yoga and weight loss is a definite possibility.
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A Quick Guide To Weight Loss For Beginners
Losing weight can seem very hard, especially if you tried several methods in the past and did not get the results you expected. You can actually reach a healthy weight by simply adopting better habits. Keep reading if you want to learn more about weight loss methods that work.
Forget crash diets, intensive exercise programs and counting calories. These weight loss programs can help you lose a few pounds but you will not be able to follow these unusual diets or exercise programs for very long. The best way to lose weight is to adopt better habits for good. Your goal is to transform your lifestyle, not to go on a crash diet for a few weeks before going back to your old habits.
Transforming your habits can take some time. It is best to take small steps so you can work on getting used to your new lifestyle rather than expecting to transform the way you eat and organize your time overnight. You will get better results if you take as much time as you need, even if you do not progress toward your ideal weight as quickly as you were hoping to.
Find new foods you really enjoy. You should introduce a couple of new foods in your diet on a weekly basis. Try cooking new foods in different ways or combine them with spices. Replacing all your favorite unhealthy foods with better alternatives you enjoy just as much will make adopting a healthy diet a lot easier. You can still eat your favorite unhealthy foods as long as you eat very small quantities once in a while.
Adopt a more regular schedule. Try getting up early and have a healthy breakfast to start your day. Have three meals at fixed hours during your day or try eating five smaller meals if you always feel hungry between your meals. Organizing your time more efficiently will help you find some free time to exercise regularly. If you do not have time to work out, try being more active, for instance by walking for thirty minutes a day or by riding your bike to work.
Exercising regularly is a great way to tone your body and reach a healthy weight. Start working out for twenty minutes a day or have two or three longer workout sessions on a weekly basis. Look for exercises you really enjoy so your fitness program stays fun and interesting. You could for instance join a team so you can practice a sport you enjoy or sign up for a martial art class if you want to acquire some new skills. Fun exercises such as dancing, practicing aerobics in the water or even playing in the back yard with your children are also great ways to get some exercise on a regular basis.
Losing weight is not as hard as it seems if you focus on adopting a healthier lifestyle rather than counting calories. Follow the tips you just read and you will soon get the results you always wanted.