Because it lacks the “macho” allure of weightlifting, yoga is often overlooked by men. They prefer to hit the gym, sweat, and get blisters on their hands from iron barbells and pull-up bars. In this article, however, we will be focusing on health benefits of yoga for men.
Increased Strength and Flexibility
Research shows that you can actually use yoga to improve your performance in the gym. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that, after only 24 Bikram Yoga sessions, a group of young adults showed greater deadlift strength and back/hamstring flexibility.
One of the most familiar health benefits of yoga for men as well as women is stress reduction. Stress is strongly connected with cardiovascular disease, so it makes a lot of sense we should all try to reduce stress any way we can. Recent studies show that doing yoga for as little as six weeks can greatly improve stress resilience and emotional well-being.
Improved Sleep Quality
Keeping a good sleep schedule results in many health advantages and helps build muscle. A study by the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia found that yoga can improve your sleep quality and have you waking up feeling more rested.
Better Love Life
We all know how important flexibility is during sex, but yoga can do much more than increase your flexibility. A study published in the Journal of Sex Medicine found that 12 weeks of yoga can improve different aspects of sexual performance – confidence, desire, satisfaction, erection, and many more.
Fight Back Pain
If you spend hours in the gym or sitting in front of a computer, chances are you’ve experienced back pain. Research shows that Iyengar Yoga can be used to treat lower back pain and increase mobility, as well as decrease depression.
So, there you go – five health benefits of yoga for men. If this is enough to convince you, sign up for a yoga class and make your first step towards a healthier life.