Improve Your Health With Yoga Exercises – In Just 20 Minutes A Day

Yoga exercises have very powerful effects on both mind and body. How much time do you really need to spend doing it each day to get sustained benefits from it? Well Nina Zolotow tells us that any exercise for as little as 20 minutes a day is enough. Any activity that gets us out of sedentary is good, and the more vigorous and longer the better, but the threshold seems to be 20 minutes. Nina Zolotow writes on her blog Yoga For Healthy Aging.

Improve Your Health With Yoga Exercises – In Just 20 Minutes A Day

Last week I heard Gretchen Reynolds, Health and Fitness writer for the New York Times, being interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air (see here) about her new book The First 20 Minutes. She said the reason she wrote the book is that

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Practice yoga exercises for just 20 minutes each day for improved health and fitness. Photo by JupiterImages c/o Photos.Com

she wanted sedentary people to understand that with just 20 minutes of exercise you can obtain a whole host of health benefits.

Two-thirds of Americans get no exercise at all. If one of those people gets up and moves around for 20 minutes, they are going to get a huge number of health benefits, and everything beyond that 20 minutes is, to some degree, gravy.

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If you want to get up and get moving, there’s nothing easier than yoga exercises to help you do it. Western society has become so sedentary, the majority of our health care system is increasingly being utilized to treat illnesses directly related to that sedentary lack of activity. Get out there and move. Yoga exercises are so adaptable, as long as your doctor says it’s OK, start out with a graduated and gentle series of poses under the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor. You’ll feel better and from the start you’ll be reversing the effects of any sedentary habits you may have picked up.

Did you find this encouraging. I sure did. I like to be able to tell my patients about simple yet effective strategies they can do to help themselves stay healthy and vital. Please leave a comment or share it with a friend bu clicking the like button.

Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.

                                                                                              — Stephen Cope

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