We all know that we should be moving our bodies regularly because exercise is important to our physical and mental health. But does it matter how we break a sweat, or are all workouts good enough, as long as we do them? When a group of doctors was asked about the best forms of physical activity, one was a clear favorite, above weightlifting, running, and brisk walking: yoga.
So what’s so great about yoga? It has the benefits of being a workout and relaxing your busy mind at the same time, explains Dr. Robin Berzan. And not all sweat sessions can do that. And even if you don’t have a whole hour to dedicate to it, a few minutes of yoga has health perks.
And there are all kinds of yoga, so you can probably find a class that suits you best. Dr. Ilene Ruhoy runs a few times a week and takes hot yoga in between. “Hot yoga in infrared heat is a great way to detox the muscles,” she says. “Plus, yoga maintains flexibility to keep injuries away.”
Dr, Sara Gottfried, author of “Younger,” starts each day with yoga and meditation for a half hour. She recommends “two to three hours of exercise a day to trick the brain into thinking we’re growing younger.” Not sure who has the time for all that, but a few minutes of yoga a day is good for mind and body and comes highly doctor recommended.