Nothing is more of a drag than poor health or annoying injuries so at the very least remember that all that you learn on your mat will help you learn how to walk, run, dance, swim, hike, think, breathe the right way.
Remember that while strength and speed have their place, dexterity, coordination, agility, focus, efficiency and range of motion are just some of the other tools that are required for optimal movement. Because yoga is so all-inclusive, yoga fills in the gaps of your training, speeds recovery and ensures that you don't have any weak links in your musculo-skeletal system.
It's play for adults, who never get to stand on one foot and pretend they're a tree. It lets you try new things without fear. It's a chance to meet like-minded people and learn something new. It teaches you about yourself..more »
Why You Got Fat
Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal; in fact, they behave quite differently in our bodies. The Glycemic Index describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Many of the starches contain 'opiod' (opium-like) substances that make them somewhat addictive. Refined sugars stimulate beta endorphin receptors in the brain, creating addictive craving as well.
Focus on eating foods with LOW glycemic loads during the day, and only eat carbs with HIGH glycemic loads immediately before a workout – they'll be burned immediately as fuel – or directly AFTER a workout along with protein – they'll get used to refill your muscle's fuel stores rather than stored as fat.more »