The occurrence of lifestyle diseases has tremendously increased over the past several years. Today, more and more people acquire illness because of unhealthy life choices. What’s more alarming is that the average age of people who have diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity and the like have become younger and younger.
A couple of years back a trend started in an attempt to counter these lifestyle diseases. Different diet fads and workout routines circled the internet and people can’t get enough of these fantastic ideas on how to become healthier. A perfect balance of proper nutrition and the right physical activity can help in reversing these unwanted, not to mention, dangerous diseases.
An example of a very good physical activity is yoga. While some think that yoga isn’t an exercise that can give you overall health and wellness, this form of exercise not only promotes a healthy mind and body, but it also tones your muscles along the way. Unfortunately, there is still a large number of people who prefer their sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. Some even go to lengths of justifying why they don’t or can’t do physical activities like yoga. Here are some of the most common and hilarious reasons why people don’t want to practice yoga as shared by Redshed.
- They don’t think that yoga is challenging enough
Okay, to all you “hardcore exercise” junkies, if you believe that this physical activity won’t be enough of a challenge, you are genuinely mistaken. Some individuals think that yoga is all about sitting down with your legs crossed, your eyes closed and you are humming to the tune of the wind. While this is true, there are so many different forms and levels of this exercise depending on your experience. If you are well deep into the art of yoga, you’d probably be able to do headstands or bending positions where you’d be able to hold for not just seconds, but minutes and even hours – if you are already that good. Remember, advanced yoga positions require a super toned core. If you think it’s too easy, try doing an elbow stand with your body perfectly straight and aligned.
- They don’t have patience and time to do it
Not only do people think this exercise isn’t challenging them, but some also justify that their lack of patience will render yoga ineffective as a workout routine. In today’s fast-paced world, people have become so accustomed to everything quick and instant. It’s sad to know that exercise and healthy living is not exempt from this idea. Why do you think people resort to cosmetic surgery to tighten, lift and remove unwanted belly fat? It’s because they don’t have the time. One of the critical elements of yoga and probably any other thing in this world is patience. This exercise teaches you the art of being still. One of the benefits of doing yoga is that it clears your mind of all the things that keep you from being calm and still. If
You are one who thinks that you lack patience just by thinking about doing this exercise, and then you are the number one candidate that needs to try yoga. You’ve been busy and stressed throughout the day, don’t you think it’s a good idea just to relax and clear your mind of all the junk and problems in your work, school or home. Not only do you free yourself from stress but you get healthier in the process as well.
- They want to do it, but they don’t want to learn the basics
One hilarious thought that some people have is that the fundamentals of yoga are “too basic” for them and that maybe they can just skip that part. This is wrong on so many levels. Yoga is a delicate art that needs discipline and practice. Everybody begins at stage one. Again because of impatience, some lose interest in even trying because they think it is too dull to learn. I don’t want to bore myself with the easy stuff, they say. The basics of yoga are your actual foundation to more advanced levels of it.
- They think they are not flexible enough
A big misconception about yoga is that you’d have to be some contortionist to be able to perform the exercise. This is precisely the reason why you learn the discipline of yoga – so you can teach your body to flex more. Think of it this way: you do not go to chemistry class because you’re afraid you are not knowledgeable about chemistry. If you go to school, you’ll probably learn a thing or two about chemistry. Don’t be scared if your body isn’t yoga ready yet. That’s what your yoga instructors are for. They will be there to help you get into shape, and in no time, you’ll be flexing away like a pro.
- They can’t do yoga because they are sick
Okay, maybe yoga isn’t for everybody because of certain diseases. Yoga is a wonderful exercise to free your mind and body of toxins. As your body relaxes, you will feel more energized. We all know that a significant factor in the severity of certain illnesses is brought about by stress. Yoga is a great way to de-stress and rejuvenate your body. Not all people with diseases are prohibited from doing this exercise. It is essential however that you consult with your healthcare provider first. And besides, there are more comfortable positions that you can use to not strain your body. Some people in pain also think that yoga positions may aggravate their condition. Although this is not entirely false, once you’ve learned which positions will be best suitable and safe for you to employ, yoga is also a great way to relieve pain. As your mind begins to relax, so does your body. This helps you manage your pain levels, and when you feel good, your body tends to promote self-healing.
Melissa Weir is a North Carolina-based freelance writer and work-from-home mother of two. In her 10 years as a professional writer, she’s worked in proposal management, grant writing, and content creation. Personally, she’s passionate about teaching her family how to stay safe, secure and action-ready in the event of a disaster or emergency.