If you’re not living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that yoga seems to be everywhere these days. (For those who didn’t know, goat yoga is the latest craze to sweep the country.) Still, despite the endless health benefits available to men — a more sculpted body and less back pain, to name a few — there are still a lot of guys who have never considered owning a yoga mat.
The truth is yoga isn’t just good for you, it’s also an easy, low-impact form of exercise and a simple path to better health. It’s long overdue for men to claim yoga as a powerful practice. Here are our top 3 reasons why more men should be doing yoga:
- Stress relief — Blasting workout music at the gym and thrashing a punching bag might seem like the best way to relieve stress, but it can actually leave you feeling more aggressive or just plain tired out. Yoga allows you to focus your mind on your body, leading to a calmer day.
- Better sex — Yoga strengthens concentration skills, so if inclined, you can channel that sexual energy in the bedroom. Since stress can be a factor in erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, yoga may just be the answer.
- Stomach solutions — Not only can yoga improve your golf swing, it can even promote good digestion. If your bowels are irritable, try some yoga poses with a trained instructor to loosen you up.
If you listen to your body, there’s no reason why yoga’s benefits can’t far outweigh any concerns. Afraid of looking like a clumsy pretzel in class? YouTube is full of yoga videos, so you can experiment in the comfort of your own home. Embrace the warrior pose, what have you got to lose?!
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