Yoga has become incredibly popular over the last two decades, and it’s hard to walk down the street for too long in a metropolitan area without spotting a neighborhood yoga studio. While the benefits of yoga have been proven, it’s still predominantly women that regularly practice yoga.
However, there are a variety of benefits that yoga can have for men. If you’ve considered taking yoga before, but just never did because you thought you might feel out of place, learning about the benefits could help you realize that yoga for men might be just what you need in your life.
Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight
Men that want to get into shape often turn to exercises like jogging, running on a treadmill, or even playing a sport they used to play in school. However, many of these activities require a basic level of fitness and a time commitment that many adult men simply don’t have.
That’s where yoga can be particularly beneficial for busy men. While there are a variety of different types of yoga, the more strenuous ones like power yoga or Bikram yoga – which is performed in a room that’s heated in order to make the exercise more intense – can actually help you burn a lot of calories.
In fact, the average adult male can burn up to 600 calories in a 90-minute yoga session according to Men’s Health. That’s pretty impressive, and could result in the loss of nearly 1/2-pound per session for larger men.
Yoga for Men: Improved Flexibility
Children all generally have the same level of flexibility when they’re born. However, over time, men seem to become much less flexible than women, which can result in certain injuries – especially for athletes or people that like to participate in aerobic sports.
Doing yoga on a regular basis can make you more flexible, which could reduce your risk of injury. As you age, your risk of hurting yourself doing day-to-day tasks may also be lessened – something not as worrisome in your 40s, however, you should become more aware of this by the time you hit your late 50s.
Yoga also aids in improving muscle strength in areas of the body you may not routinely use – especially if you focus mainly on “manly” sports and exercises like running and lifting weights.
Yoga Can Improve Core Muscle Strength
Whether you go to the gym to work on your abs or you’re just trying to get rid of that beer gut and build some muscle, it might surprise you that yoga helps you do that. That’s right – many of the yoga poses used in basic and intermediate classes help improve core muscle strength.
That core muscle strength does more for you than just help you get a flatter looking stomach. It also helps keep you balanced, and it will make you stronger for day-to-day activities and other sports.
Yoga may not be an activity that’s particularly popular with men, but it does have a great deal of benefits for the ones willing to try it. While most yoga classes are open to men and women, beginners may feel more comfortable in a class designed specifically for men – especially when they first start out.
Eventually, you’ll likely end up taking mixed classes if you stick with it.
About the Author
Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. As someone who enjoys yoga, she knows how many benefits there are, for both women and men. She contributes health and beauty content to the Bellezza Spa blog.