Health Lifestyle

I tried the 30 day yoga challenge and here’s what happened

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They say for a balanced lifestyle and health, exercise should be a part of your routine. It should but what do you do when you and fitness just don’t get along?

Exercise and I are not friends. Never have been, never will be. You will never find me in the gym, I’m not that kind of person. I have zero love for exercise and therefore zero motivation. It’s just not for me.

I feel like the older you get though, the more you think about leading a healthier life. To do this, I really needed to find something that would work for me. I always thought yoga was a bit hippy-dippy but is seemed easy so I decided to try the 30 day yoga challenge.

It’s been a really interesting challenge that has definitely improved certain aspects of my life.

But first, a confession…

This 30 day yoga challenge took me 49 days to complete.

Through a variety of reasons from dodgy wi-fi connections to lack of motivation, it took me a little longer than expected but I still completed it, I’m still here on the other side of the challenge!

Transition into exercise

I found yoga very easy to transition into. You spend a lot of time on the floor which is something I can really get along with.

Because you spend time on each part of the body, you will find one move tough but the next move easy and that makes it so easy to adapt to.

I think with a lot of exercise, half of the battle is not thinking you’re good enough. If you struggle with an exercise, you lose the motivation to carry on.

With yoga, whilst you may struggle on a move, you’ll be successful with the next keeping your spirits up and motivation high.

Yoga is also far from strenuous so it’s an easy introduction into exercise.

Strength, balance and flexibility

That’s what yoga is about and what practice is meant to improve.

Before the challenge, I knew I wasn’t the slightest bit strong or flexible but thought I had good balance. Turns out I was wrong and I naturally don’t have any of these strengths.

Throughout the 30 days, I noticed slight improvement in all three areas. Nothing groundbreaking but a definite difference.

Yoga is slow progress building these areas but progress nevertheless.

Other benefits

I didn’t look into any benefits before taking on this challenge so was surprised it helped me in one particular way.

I have a curved spine and because of this get frequent back pain from sitting or standing in the same position for too long.

Since the challenge, I’ve noticed an improvement in my back. Whilst I still get discomfort, it’s just that, mild discomfort, never pain.

Yoga helps to realign the body and relax muscles whilst going easy on joints. It’s really beneficial for back and joint pain.

Mental health

Yoga is often associated with mindfulness and meditation.

The practice doesn’t focus on an end result but instead focuses on being present. It gives you time to just focus on yourself and just focus on your body. It’s a relaxing exercise, not only for your body but for your mind.

I found that the 30 day yoga challenge really helped my mental health.

After a long day at work, I found yoga helped me to let go and lose the stress that was weighing on my shoulders. It provided me with that solo relaxation time to come back down to Earth and ultimately, helped me sleep better as a result of letting go of the day.

Would I recommend?

Totally. I think yoga would be great for anyone to incorporate into their life, for the mental health aspect if nothing else. It is also great for people who want to improve strength, balance and flexibility as well as being beneficial for back discomfort, joint pain and sleeping issues. Yoga has such a wide range of benefits that could work for each type of individual. It’s a great beginner exercise to get into and I have loved the 30 day yoga challenge.

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