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5 Reasons Why Men Should Do Yoga

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Weightlifting isn’t the only way to go!

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Guys, contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t just reserved for hot bikini-clad women chasing mindfulness against picturesque backdrops. Adding yoga as a cross-training option not only can do wonders for you physically, but also has benefits outside the gym, too. Did you know that yoga can help boost your performance in the bedroom, improve your flexibility, your athletic ability and give you mental clarity? Actors Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra and footballer David Beckham are also fans! 

So, even if you’re going to be the ONLY guy at a yoga class, here are five reasons why you should sign up….

1. ENHANCES PRODUCTIVITY

 

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Let’s be honest, we may need to hold onto our WFH desks for a tad longer. With the lines between professional life and personal one blurring, people may find it harder to focus, thereby impacting productivity. Add in some yoga to your routine and you might just do a better job at work, too. According to research, just 20 minutes of yoga daily helps in making you focused, and in making better decisions! Studies reveal it can enhance mental resilience, which can help people deal with stress—and may even prevent burnout!

2. IMPROVES POSTURE

 

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If you’re a young guy with achy and stiff muscles like your old uncle, it’s time to add yoga to your workout repertoire!  You may spend a great deal bulking up the size of your arms, chest and getting those six-packs—all of those tight muscles lead to the rounding of the back—resulting in bad posture. In addition, most of us are glued to our desks looking at our iPads or smartphones—with really bad posture—a sinking chest, hunched back shoulders, and a dropped head. Yoga helps counter these and it stretches and loosens up your muscles and counter the effects of sitting on a chair all day long!

3. HELPS BUILD MUSCLES

 

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While you may not think of yoga as a way to sculpt your muscles, it definitely helps you build lean muscles. Yoga uses your body weight and resistance to achieve this. It also helps regulate the blood flow, which in turn helps muscles develop faster.

4. BETTER PERFORMANCE IN BED

 

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The meditation aspect of yoga helps find mental clarity and focus. A focussed mind helps you channel all that sexual energy better towards your partner. Research has revealed that yoga might be able to treat premature ejaculation (PE)—making sex last longer and more pleasurable for both parties! 

5. IMPROVES YOUR OVERALL HEALTH

 

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If your entire fitness routine is based on pushing your mind and body to its limit daily,  this will lead to physical and mental burnout and serious injuries. Yoga improves your overall well-being. Efficient breathing helps reduce blood pressure and lowers the stress response! Yoga has also been shown to be excellent for helping to prevent or reduce problems associated with sciatica, carpal tunnel or even rotator-cuff issues. Plus, it stretches out your muscles, conditioning them to provide growth and even prevent injuries.

We agree yoga may not be as exciting as pumping iron at the gym, but it will keep you healthy, fit and flexible. So, on this International Yoga Day, give yoga a try, and find your way to a longer and active life.

 

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