The Benefits of Yoga and Stretching for Fitness

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In recent years, yoga has gone from an alternative practice to mainstream, and there is good reason for it. While long-time practitioners have been praising the health benefits of yoga for decades, Western science is starting to provide hard evidence as to why a regular practice has such a wide range of benefits on your life both in- and outside of the gym. At the Redwood Club, we encourage you to incorporate a regular stretching practice into your fitness program and offer a variety of yoga classes throughout the week. Here are a few of the many benefits you can expect to see from joining us in class:

 

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  • Improve your flexibility. This is perhaps the most widely accepted benefit, and even professional sports teams have starting using yoga as part of a training regimen for this reason. By increasing flexibility in your joints, you can avoid certain types of chronic pain and become less injury prone while doing higher impact workouts.
  • Build your muscle strength.  A common misconception about yoga is that it doesn’t provide a challenging workout. After your first class, you may be surprised to find you’ve given your muscles a serious workout. Yoga provides a balanced strength building that can help prevent conditions like arthritis and lower back pain.
  • Improve Your Posture. In a world where many of us spend half the day at a desk, yoga is the perfect way to correct and improve posture. Poor posture can cause neck, back, and general joint pain, while improving it can decrease your risk of degenerative arthritis and long term chronic pain.

 

 

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In addition to these benefits, there is also evidence that yoga can lower blood pressure, protect your joints and spine, improve anxiety, insomnia and depression, and so much more. By including even one class a week into your regular workout routine, you may be surprised at the differences you start to notice in your life and in your body.

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