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Skip the jog and hit the mat

If going to the gym and throwing on sneakers every day is getting old, try incorporating yoga into your exercise routine. Yoga offers a lot more than just a good stretch (which you probably need too!). Practicing yoga can bring new physical, emotional and mental benefits to your daily life.

Like many of us, you might think you’re too old, inflexible or clumsy to try yoga – but yoga is actually accessible for everyone!

A typical yoga class consists of men and women of varying ages and fitness levels. Because practicing yoga can help improve flexibility and strength, it is especially beneficial for us women as we get older.

Yoga stretches your muscles through a series of poses, which in turn decreases stiff or sore joints, releases tension and increases your range of motion.

While the poses themselves stretch and strengthen your body, yoga also offers mental and emotional benefits. Many yogis claim it helps their concentration and mood. Yoga’s meditative nature (Om!) provides time for the brain to slow down and focus on breathing and movement – without any interruption from life’s daily stresses.

Try a local class yourself to see if your life can benefit from the mental and physical effects of yoga!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.