5 benefits of Yoga

For those of you aren’t sure about Yoga and its benefits, don’t worry you are not alone… This is why here at YogaBugs we have decided to tell you why Yoga is such a growing success and how it can help each and every one of us.

 

Yoga Promotes weight loss

 

Once you have the correct diet in line with your yoga exercise, your weight will drop right off. Studies have shown that if you follow a protein-rich diet, then you will build muscle and lose fat while doing low intensity exercise. This shows that it can not only help you lose weight, but also give muscle tone, which is perfect with summer holidays coming up!

 

Yoga improves your general health

 

Yoga can benefit your general health in more ways than one. Because it is a relaxing exercise, it has been proven to lower the heart rate and regulate breathing. Because Yoga is considered ‘low-impact’ activity, you are at much less risk of exerting any muscles or joints in your body. Yoga can also give you more self-confidence and change your outlook on life in a positive sense. This type of exercise will give you a better body-mind connection because you are using both at the same time and you will be aware of your body much more.

 

Yoga can alleviate sleep issues

 

Regular Yoga has now been proven to improve the quality and duration of sleep, according to studies. By using controlled breathing and relaxing muscles tension through exercise, it is said that those who take up Yoga on a regular (weekly) basis are likely to get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. This is great news for any mums and dads coming home from a long day at work!

 

Yoga can combat stress

 

It’s nice to take a step back from our social bubble sometimes. Equally, shaking of any stress that comes along with it. Scientifically speaking, when taking part in yoga the levels of inflammatory compounds naturally decrease which are responsible for reacting to stress. If this doesn’t make you want to start doing Yoga, then I don’t know what will.

 

Yoga can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

 

Studies in Boston University Medical Centre have proven that there is a link between taking part in Yoga and decreasing levels of depression and anxiety. More specifically, taking part in Yoga can increase the intake of GABA in the human body which is said to affect our mood.

 

At YogaBugs we make sure that each child receives the full benefits of Yoga, by teaching through story themed adventures. We can’t tell you how many times parents have come forward about their kids and said that Yoga has helped them tackle social situations in school and also made them more confident, well-rounded children.

 

If you are interested in your child taking part in YogaBugs, but don’t know enough about it, don’t worry, our taster sessions allow them to take part with zero pressure!

 

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Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy

Number One Tip... Get your child to YogaBugs

Number One Tip… Get your child to YogaBugs

1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children.

2. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.

3. A minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.

4. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.

5. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.

6. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.

7. Ditch the car. Walking to and from school is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.

8. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.

9. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate.

10. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get you kids involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

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Top 10 Health Tips For A Great 2014

Make 2014 your year for a fit and healthy lifestyle

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st many of us resolve to live healthier better lives.  YogaBugs want to help you this New Year and so here are our Top Ten 10 Tips to a healthy 2014.

1. What Does The Cat Do?

The hit viral song of 2013 was What Does The Fox Say, in 2014 we want you to ask what does the cat do? When a cat wakes up it stretches. Learn to stretch with yoga as soon as you wake up. This will aid circulation, digestion and ease back pain.

2. Let your emotions out.

Having a cry is good for you. So is having a good laugh. Studies from Japan have proven that laughter in particular can boost the immune system and help the body in fighting allergic actions.

3. Eat your most important meal of the day.

If you miss breakfast you can expect to put on weight. The good news is you can eat loads for breakfast as long as it is the right stuff, such as fruit, yoghurt, high fibre cereal or brown toast. Fill yourself up and avoid the desire to snack later in the day.

4. Give your mind a work out.

People who develop their mental agility tend to have lower rates of age related mental decline. Simple things like brushing your teeth with your other hand can make a big difference. This will energise your brain.

5. Judge a food by its cover.

Always read the label in the supermarket. See what the products contain as understanding what is in your food will help you make healthier choices for you and your family.

6. Take stress for a walk.

When you are feeling the pressure, get out and go for a walk. It will clear your mind and give you space to put your thoughts in order. If it is a brisk walk it shall also count as exercise.

7. There is no substitute for exercise.

Quite simply 30 minutes of aerobic activity for 5 days a week will help you burn those calories and look after your heart. Fit it in when you can. Just make sure you do it.

8. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

You may have heard it many times, but in terms of diet your five a day is perhaps the most important thing you can do.

9. Enjoy a sweet treat.

When you finish dinner and need something sweet. Do not despair simply swap high sugar fatty deserts for diet jelly with natural yoghurt.

10. Do it for at least 8 hours a night.

Sleep is really important. It is when your body and brain recharge. You need at least 8 hours a night. Do all you can to make sure this happens.

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