If you’re like the quarter of America’s population who report suffering from chronic stress or anxiety, it can be difficult to find time dedicated solely to your physical and mental well-being – let alone finding the energy to endure a challenging core strengthening exercise.
All sorts of external pressures keep us from achieving our fitness goals year-in and out. And while mentally scheduling time to dedicate to a regular workout routine may seem easy, actually showing up and keeping up week-after-week is another challenge entirely.
This feat may seem overwhelming, or nearly impossible in the long-term. Especially after coming out of the jagged holiday season with mix-matched schedules that oftentimes come with added responsibility and expectations from friends and family members.
But, what if there was a way to incorporate a sure-fire way to ensure that your days and weeks are filled with the energy and mental focus to tackle your goals?
According to this study published in Time, research from Duke University Medical Center found that “yoga does, in fact, have positive effects on mild depression and sleep problems.”
Cortisol is better known as the “stress hormone,” that impacts everything from your in-the-moment stressors, sleep cycles and even your metabolism. Taking a few moments out of your day to slow down, breathe deeply and let your mind and body recharge will set you up for a day of perseverance and clarity.
Not to mention, it will hinder your temptation to reach for an extra sugar rush or caffeine jolt, which can leave you feeling even more fatigued when their stimulating effects wear off and keep you wanting more.
Further, the practice of yoga has been linked to mental stability and focus. According to this study published in Time, research from Duke University Medical Center found that “yoga does in fact have positive effects on on mild depression and sleep problems.”
So, aside from countless mental and physical health benefits your yoga class already paves a way for in your body, mind and spirit, it may also help you out-perform in other areas of your life.