There’s a pretty common misconception that regularly practicing yoga is not “manly.” There’s quite a bit wrong with that statement. First off, yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India and was traditionally practiced mainly by men. The more practical reason why there’s nothing wrong with men practicing yoga is that it is incredibly good for you! The mental and physical benefits of yoga are well-documented, so why should gender play in any part of getting healthy? Here are just some of the reasons that yoga should be part of every man’s workout routine.
One of the biggest benefits of yoga is that it can actually help reduce pain in parts of the body. Even the manliest of men can hurt themselves doing manly activities. Take lifting weights, for instance. We’ve all come away with muscle injuries after a heavy lifting session, be it minor or major. Well, yoga can help alleviate some of that pain and actually prevent some of those ailments from happening in the future.
Most people associate yoga with increased flexibility. It’s absolutely true. Increased flexibility will help any hobby that might require some body motion. From tennis to golf, yoga will make your body better suited for those activities. Yoga is especially well-suited for increasing flexibility through the spinal region.
The physical benefits are fairly obvious, but it’s the not-so-obvious benefits where yoga can really shine. Yoga forces you to breathe properly and the result is a tremendous reduction in stress. If we’re specifically looking at benefits for men, that reduction in stress can do everything from reducing the risk of heart attack to improving sexual performance (yoga increases the production of hormones that promote arousal). All that stress relief can also make men perform better at their jobs. Yoga can help you reach your full potential.
Finally, yoga actually has a dollar amount attached to it in terms of potential savings in medical expenses. Studies have shown that people who regularly practice yoga visit hospitals nearly half as much as those who don’t. That same study concluded that yogis can save an estimated $2,000 a year in medical expenses!