Supporting Weight Loss with Yoga*
There are a lot of healthy practices out there that can support your weight loss program, such as ensuring that you are drinking enough water to stay hydrated, or heading to the gym a few times a week for a helpful exercise class. Creating a regular yoga routine can also support your weight loss efforts, though in different ways.
Yoga is frequently looked at as a type of exercise, but anyone who does yoga regularly knows that the benefits of doing yoga stretch far beyond the physical. Yoga encourages you to open your mind and free your spirit, all while encouraging you to stretch and twist in ways that are likely to help improve your range of motion and reduce muscle tension. By engaging in a regular yoga practice you can do more than burn a few extra calories—you can encourage your mind to stay focused and positive towards your new healthy way of living.
Loving Yoga to Enjoy Weight Loss
Using yoga as a means to set a positive intention for your weight loss program is a great way to build motivation and encouragement for yourself as you move forward with your weight loss program. There is a lot that you can easily grow discouraged about as you are losing weight, such as hitting a weight loss plateau or encountering another sort of weight loss obstacle, but when you are able to use yoga as a means to stay positive then you have a tool available to you at any time to help you through a difficult situation, and this can help you to stay strong and focused as you progress through your weight loss program.
Here are a few ways that you can use yoga to encourage weight loss:
- Start your day with 10 minutes of yoga as a means to set yourself up for a positive day and keep in touch with your goals.
- Use yoga as a way to destress after a long day at work so that you avoid other means of destressing, like indulging in food or alcohol.
- Do a short yoga routine before and after your exercise routine to help ease muscle tension and help alleviate stress from your workout.
- Push yourself to master different yoga positions as you lose weight to show yourself how your diligence and improved physical strength are promoting your well-being.
While yoga can be a great form of physical exercise, the benefits of exercise stretch far beyond the number of calories that you can burn during a workout. Practicing yoga is a great way to get in touch with your emotions and promote mental well-being during your weight loss program.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.