With the explosion of the internet economy, sedentary jobs have become increasingly common for most working professionals. According to research by the WHO, around 60% to 85% of people in the world, both in developing and developed countries, lead a sedentary lifestyle. And with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and Working From Home becoming the new norm, this number is no doubt due to rise even further in the near future.
It’s well known that a sedentary lifestyle can be detrimental to physical and mental well-being over a period of time. Studies have found that sitting for more than 10 hours a day can greatly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, while also giving rise to a host of other health problems.
Given that so many of us are confined to our homes for the foreseeable future, it’s become more important than ever to ensure we get enough physical activity, to stay active, and keep these problems at bay.
How Yoga can help
With access to most gyms and health clubs still severely limited by Covid, yoga has become a popular addition to a lot of people’s fitness routines – and it’s easy to see why. For one thing, it’s extremely convenient! Other than a mat and your own body, you don’t need any other equipment to attend a yoga class.
Moreover, plenty of scientific research over the years, has proven that yoga can provide a long list of physical and mental benefits:
- Perhaps most significantly, yoga helps to energize the body – this is especially relevant for people who sit for most of the day, as it goes a long way in helping to shake off feelings of lethargy.
- Studies done on college athletes over a 10-week period found that yoga improved their flexibility and balance.
- Certain postures help to improve blood circulation and levels of haemoglobin in the red blood cells. Yoga can also thin the blood naturally, preventing the formation of clots, and thus lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Aside from the numerous physical benefits, yoga has shown to have a positive impact on mental well-being as well, helping people combat insomnia, stress, and anxiety through regular practice.
At the end of the day, yoga is an extremely effective and holistic tool to improve one’s overall well-being. The positive impact it can have is well documented, and this is translating into a tremendous resurgence in popularity.
If you’re someone who’s stuck at the desk for most of your day, it’s very important to find ways to stay active, to benefit both your mental and physical well-being. And yoga is an excellent place to start!