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 »
There are a plethora of obvious benefits when considering a vegan diet, including disease prevention such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, arthritis and more. Also in regards to daily lifestyle benefits we can look at improvements in brain performance, energy level, body functions and attention span. We can take it even further to talk about the moral and ethical layers of eating a pure plant-based diet..
But beyond all of these awesome incentives to considering a vegan lifetyle, how about those other perks that may take your romantic life to a whole new level? Let's put the seriousness aside to view a serious benefit to a healthy diet..
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 »
While glucose is a fuel, it is actually quite toxic in excess amounts unless it is being burned inside your cells, so the body has evolved an elegant way of getting it out of the bloodstream quickly and storing it in those cells.
Over time, as we continue to eat high carbohydrate diets and exercise less, the degree of insulin insensitivity increases. Unless we take dramatic steps to reduce carbohydrate intake and increase exercise, we develop several problems that only get worse over time.
Oh AND you get fatter and you lose muscle. Woo hoo!more »
As humans it's our nature to want our dreamy aspirations to fulfill high expectations quickly and easily, otherwise there's no incentive to do it.
Our appetite is ravenous and therefore we tend to bite off more than we can chew and our gluttenous 'want it all and want it now' attitude often backfires because those huge dreams suddenly seem overwhelming, intimidating and impossible.
By the inch, success is a cinch. By the yard, it's hard. My yoga practice constantly reminds me about patience and persistence. The real meaning and magic happens when you give life to your resolution, when you are genuine with your choice, when you decide on the course of action, and apply determination and dedication on an ongoing basis.more »