Keeping the body fit through movement, exercise and stretching – including all systems within the body internally as well as external movement – is an essential part of an overall health, fitness and weight regimen that helps you feel and look better over time. Hatha Yoga was introduced to the western world over a half century ago, and in the last few decades has it’s practice and acceptance has become more widespread. In addition to being to particularly helpful for lymphatic system health (and draining waste and toxins), it improves all the systems of the body, including circulatory, muscular, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, digestive systems … in fact, all of the body’s network of inter-related bodily systems, each of which contribute to health, fitness and weight stabilization.
Another advantage of winter stretching (yoga or many other forms) – particularly when inclement weather precludes (or discourages) outdoor exercise) is that it gets your blood moving in the extremities and that can equal keeping warm and comfortable without having nudge up the thermostat or put another log on the fire. Here are 9 yoga poses to deal with cold weather; if you have favorites, employ those as well. Just a few minutes of gentle, regular stretching can improve your outlook on the day and provide a boost in motivation to apply to other tasks. The more you practice, the more flexible you become and the easier it gets. Establish a routine if possible, that works for your schedule and treat yourself to the benefits that this regimen provides; consider it pampering! Best of all, you usually don’t need any expensive or fancy equipment or gas or time to get to a gym if you can clear off a few feet of floor space in even the coziest of living quarters.
As always, check with your doctor before starting any exercise or stretching program; use moderation and common sense and ease into the practice slowly and gently for best results and tenacity. Happy stretching!