Cold weather takes exercise indoors
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 14:10
The “freshman 15” tends to plague students long after their first year of college but some still can’t find the initiative to make the easy trek to the gym, especially as the weather gets colder. Bringing equipment into a room that is already bursting at the seams with personal items can make working out at home even more difficult. What most students don’t realize is to get an effective workout they only need one piece of gear: a yoga mat.
Yoga isn’t just about meditation anymore, although that can certainly play a powerful part in any student’s workout. Power yoga is a branch of the study that is appearing more and more in gyms and yoga studios across the U.S. They increase the heart rate, tone muscle and those who practice it definitely break a sweat.
Power yoga focuses on strength and flexibility and does not follow set poses. This makes it easier to personalize a workout for each individual. Classes also vary widely. Some may be heated while others just have an intense, quick flow to the poses.
Invest in a yoga mat that is thick enough to support you when you lay down. If you’re just starting out, you may want to buy a strap to help stretch you further into some poses. Routines can be found at www.yogajournal.com or YouTube.
Don’t push yourself too far and be sure to drink plenty of water. Take a break during the routine if you feel too out of breath. Yoga will push you, and while discomfort is normal, pain is not.
According to thedailycougar.com, yoga aids in boosting a student’s mood and keeping them free of stress. These benefits ultimately extend into the classroom and can help improve grades. This is where meditation comes in to play when looking at the more calming route of yoga. Meditating in your room can bring better results than in a gym class full of other yogis. There will be no distractions of people breathing or shifting on their mats, and you have the option to dim the lights as much as you want and play your own music for background noise.
The act of yoga is an individual journey, and practicing in your room can help enhance that. You will be able to focus more on your limits, what can be improved and move at your own pace. Other than a small price for a mat the workout becomes completely free, eliminating any monthly membership fee from a gym.