During your medical weight loss program incorporating lifestyle changes into your new routine will help you ensure that your weight loss can be maintained long-term. One of the most important changes you will make is increasing your level of activity. Many people have difficulty increasing activity because their experience with exercise as an overweight person was not always pleasant. Finding an activity that you can enjoy and stick with is important to long-term success and it is not as difficult as you may think.
To optimize your weight loss program you’ll want to make regular exercise part of your weekly routine. The only tricky part is determining what kind of exercise you’d like to partake in, and how likely you are to stay on track with that particular program. If you have struggled with your weight for an extended period of time and you are generally accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle, this could seem like a daunting task. However, one fun, relaxing and beneficial activity for your weight loss program could be yoga.
Yoga is a beneficial form of exercise that focuses on:
Yoga practices are centered on the mind-body connection. There are different forms of yoga that you can take, so you can mix up your routine and find the right style for you.
In many ways, the hardest thing about yoga is walking through the door for the first time. Our perception of yoga is usually of slim, supple practitioners capable of bending their bodies into extraordinary poses. Like most things in society, yoga has adapted to the trend toward increasing sizes of beginner bodies and many classes are geared toward people who are trying to overcome years of inactivity. Call around the schools in your area. If necessary arrange a meeting with an instructor so that you can feel comfortable that your needs are understood and that you will not be embarrassed.
Yoga offers a variety of benefits for those losing weight, including:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased cardiovascular strength/health
- Immunity boost
- Stress reduction
- Balanced metabolism
- Increased muscle strength
Yoga can be practiced for many reasons including the enhancement of your overall health, improvement of balance, healing and preventing injuries, strengthening your muscles or opening your mind and body with meditation. Yoga offers a low-impact activity to help improve your overall health.
Yoga is a positive way of exercising for anyone who is just beginning and feels intimidated by the thoughts of a large gym or intense exercises. With yoga during medical weight loss you can have fun and explore your limits when it comes to physical activity, without over exerting yourself.
Be sure to talk to your weight loss doctor before beginning any exercise program, and be sure to choose something that appeals to your lifestyle and your interests. That way, you will be more likely to stay motivated and on track with your wellness goals.