The ideal exercise for winter

Winter exercise isn’t always easy. Running outdoors generally involves being miserably cold and wet, cycling involves too much Lycra and swimming can turn your expensive highlights a sickly shade of green. Let’s face it, most of us want to stay indoors and huddle on the sofa, bingeing on box sets till spring.

Yoga, however, could be your perfect form of exercise over the winter months. Classes are indoors, often in hot rooms, you can wear comfortable clothes and it offers enormous health benefits. You can even use YouTube and follow some yoga workouts without leaving the living room.

Yoga is over 5000 years old and is practiced by more than 300 million people worldwide. It’s great for those of us who sit at a computer all day, helping to release tension in the neck and shoulders, boosting immunity, improving breathing control, helping with bloating, and reducing stress. Regular yoga practice improves flexibility which in turn reduces the chances of overuse injuries and injury through muscular strain. Maintaining a good level of flexibility will certainly help you stay healthy, not to mention independent, later in life.

Yoga also offers considerable mental health benefits. Not only will you be welcomed into a new community should you join a class, but yoga helps you practice mindfulness and gratitude and many people find that a class or their home practice helps them feel less anxious and stressed. It’s a chance to get away from your worries.

The best thing about yoga is that anyone can benefit. It doesn’t matter if you are unfit or elderly, overweight or hate exercise. Your teacher will adapt the poses to suit you. So, there you have it – grab a mat, find a class and start your yoga journey.

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