Yoga and Nutrition: key to healthy life!

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Yoga and Nutrition: key to healthy life!


Yoga and Nutrition: key to healthy life!: Every one of us is awed by the idea of living a healthy life. But not every one of us works to get that life. Making changes in daily schedule, in the form of exercise or eating pattern can be very overwhelming for a person. Also with the growing technology and ease of getting work done, our lives being so much easier, we don’t find the need to get up from our chairs and couches. This careless eating and staying at one places is not only a major cause of weight gain and obesity but also inculcates laziness and alters sleep patterns in an individual thereby causing insomnia. With growing awareness, people these days are trying to avoid weight gain. A step forward to healthy living!

It has been seen very commonly among adolescents that crash dieting is one way they come across to achieve it. Well, it’s not!

Before targeting weight loss, it is important to understand the various factors that contribute in Best weight gain. Apart from faulty dietary habits, one should identify that weight gain also stems from inefficient functioning of various bodily functions. Yoga aims in improving the body’s metabolism there by helping it to function properly and cleaning the inner self and then focusing on the outer self which is the fat loss and toning, while right nutrition aims to supply essential nutrients in right quantities. Both yoga and nutrition go hand in hand there by helping a person live a balanced life by physical psychological and mental wellbeing.

When to practise yoga: practising yoga in the morning and evening is the most beneficial time of the day. Since morning is the time which charges the body with positive energy and prepares the body to work throughout the day while evening is best suited for calming the mind after a stressful day and thus helping to relax the body and spirit. However, if these timings are impossible to manage, any time of the day can be chosen for practising yoga.

Where to practice: Any place with ventilation and flat, even surface is perfect for doing yoga. Make sure there is no disturbance in the environment so as to help you focus on yourself. Any place indoors or outdoors is fine – garden, room, balcony, terrace etc. Make sure the temperature of the environment is comfortable for practicing yoga. Air conditioned rooms are not preferable as the colder environment makes the body stiff and prohibits it from stretching more.

What to wear: Any clothing made from natural fibers which light and lose fitting can be worn. It should be comfortable enough to allow the body to exercise and should not restrict the movements of the body.

Right nutrition:

  • Eating right is the key to practice weight loss. It is the essential part of any form of exercise.
  • As far as yoga is concerned, it is done with empty stomach.
  • Eating a healthy snack an hour prior to doing yoga or a heavy meal before 2-3 hours is the goal as it allows the body to utilize those nutrients without compromising on the energy aspect of the body.
  • It is advisable to drink water before and after doing yoga to keep the body well hydrated.
  • Restrict yourself from drinking in between so as to avoid losing concentration over the postures and breathing patterns.

While the above article guides you to eating healthier, there is no substitute for customized professional advice given by a qualified nutritionist. And If you are a beginner then have a look here: Intermediate Yoga Poses You Should Know.

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