How often do we not hear young adults whine about wanting to stay fit but not having the time to hit the gym or go for a run? How often do we see people attempt to work out only to quit a few weeks later?
Although most people want to stay fit and achieve their fitness goals, only a few of them are actually able to. The majority complain of a lack of time. And while full day jobs and continuous studying does make you want to spend whatever free time you get in bed, there are ways that can help you improve your lifestyle without taking up of much of your time. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Now, what if I told you that there’s a way you can lose all those extra inches or strengthen those muscles in less than half an hour a day, from the comforts of your very own home? What if I told you that you just need to wake up every morning and merely spread out a mat and experience optimism at its peak?
Still, don’t believe me?
Well, this is when an age-old practice – the ancient graceful practice of Surya Namaskar, comes in.
Literally translating to sun salutation, this technique combines twelve asanas that are carried out in a series of twelve postures that massage and detoxify the body as well as the mind.
The practice originally developed as a means of expressing gratitude and paying respects to the Sun for being the soul and source of all life on Earth and has now transitioned into so much more. Ideally practised early in the morning (whilst facing the rising sun), each movement of the body synchronises with either inhaling or exhaling, where the former takes place at every stretch and the latter, at every fold.
However, there is no such rule that prevents anyone from practicing Surya Namaskar in the evenings, provided you do so on an empty stomach.
Now while most people believe that your everyday gym work out will help you reach your fitness goals faster, Surya Namaskar has added benefits other than merely strengthening your core or spiking your metabolism and therefore aiding in weight loss.
Benefits of Surya Namaskar
Improving ones flexibility, strengthening the skeletal system and boosting stamina seem like mere by-products of this technique. It also aids in positive thinking, helps cope with insomnia and keeps anxiety and depression at bay (due to its positive effects on the thyroid and endocrine glands). Better circulation of blood (due to the constant inhaling and exhaling), reduction of blood sugar levels, regular menstrual cycles (provided it is practiced everyday), a better functioning digestive system and glowing skin and hair (it prevents premature signs of aging like hair loss and grey hair) are the other major benefits of this practice. Because it induces a state of calm over the mind and body, most people experience a reduction in levels of stress and an increased ability to work more efficiently.
And the best part? No fancy equipment or ground. It just requires you and your concentration for not more than half an hour a day.
So what are you waiting for?
The following links will help you in your journey towards perfecting this technique and improving your life.
A guide to Sun Salutation