Why I choose Yoga instead of Running   


I know a lot of people that go running on a daily basis, whether that is with their running clubs or by simply using the treadmill at the gym or at home. I myself don’t like running because it irritates my joints on hard ground. I have tried using treadmills for running as well for the softer ground effect but that didn’t really suit my needs either. I ended up using a cross trainer for a while and that worked nicely but it didn’t really give me the cardiovascular workout I was looking for. A friend of mine told me she was going to a yoga class a couple of times a week at her local sports hall so I went with her once, and now I go multiple times a week as I think I have finally found what I love doing when it comes to fitness.

Understandably, a lot of people don’t like the thought of yoga for multiple reasons but it suits my needs down to the ground. I don’t really have a lot of time to go to the gym or do anything at home as I have children so going to yoga twice a week is not only the only chance I get to have some time to myself but it’s also the only chance I get to exercise. If you are much like me and you haven’t really found the ideal fitness activity yet, I strongly advise you at least give yoga a try. Ok, yoga isn’t for everyone; I personally didn’t think it was for me but I couldn’t have been more wrong and it has changed my life for the better. All you need is a comfortable yoga mat and your set to go, no other things required. Friends even tell me all the time that I am not only looking in much better physically condition, but I also seem a lot happier and confident in myself.

Yoga has so many benefits in the sense you not only get a good physical workout but it also has a positive mental effect on everything else I do in life. I’m much more confident for a start, I haven’t even been on a date for a few years before I started yoga and now I’ve even found someone thanks to the yoga classes I undertake. Along with all of that above, I actually look at life differently, I’m hardly ever stressed anymore because yoga helps me think about things much more clearly, and that in turn provides a much happier environment for my children. I don’t think there are actually any negatives to doing yoga, I’ve had nothing but a much more positive life since I started doing it and it seems everybody else that goes is a lot happier as well. Yoga might not work for everyone, but it certainly works for me and I can’t believe how much it has changed my life for the better.

Running is of course a great way to exercise and it provides people with plenty of other benefits, but for me, yoga is what I choose because it fits around my life nicely and provides me with plenty of other benefits. Running is great for those that have time to do it multiple times a week and those who have stronger joints. The fact is, my joints are terrible and I can’t handle the hard ground otherwise I think I would have chosen running instead of yoga – but I’m actually glad now that my joints aren’t that good otherwise I would never have started yoga on a regular basis.

In conclusion, I absolutely adore yoga and it has not only helped me personally but it has helped everybody around me as well because I am just happy all the time, and that makes them happy. If you are looking to try something different, I would recommend yoga to anyone looking to change their lives around not just physically, but mentally. There isn’t a lot yoga hasn’t done for me and even though I’ve only been doing it for a short while when compared to a lot of others, it has already helped me and my life tremendously. Take one class and I promise you will not look back.