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Do you need to practice yoga every day?

Question: Do I need to practice yoga every day?

The short answer: No.

The longer answer: No, but …

For some people, making time to practice yoga 45-90 minutes every day is too much. There are plenty of other things you could be doing in that time. Because of that, many find themselves turning to longer practices once or twice a week. Is that wrong? No. Will it give you the maximum results when it comes to gaining flexibility? No.

That’s not to say you won’t get any results from a once-a-week yoga routine. You will. Longer bouts of yoga a couple times a week are a great supplement to other workouts you may be doing. Depending on the style of yoga you are practicing, these practices can also help improve your cardiovascular system (i.e., the efficiency of your heart).

do i need to practice yoga dailyBut what if you could fit in shorter sessions more often throughout the week?

Studies show that doing shorter bouts of yoga daily (10 minutes or so) can improve your overall fitness similar to practicing once or twice a week. In fact, it could improve your flexibility better than doing longer sessions less frequently. Sure, that means you’ll have to schedule time most days of the week to get those benefits, but the time you have to put in each day shortens considerably.

Daily practice vs. weekly practice

So what’s really better: to practice yoga every day or to practice a couple times a week? The answer depends on your lifestyle and your goals.

If your goal is to maintain your current flexibility, supplement other workouts and/or improve your cardiovascular fitness, practicing a couple times a week is a good base. On the other hand, if you want to work on gradually getting more flexible and improving your cardiovascular fitness at the same time, shorter bouts of yoga every day will be more effective than longer sessions.

All that said, there’s no need to go for the all-or-nothing approach. Some stretching and breath practice each week is better than none. If you simply can not fit in two or three longer sessions a week but can put in 10-15 minutes each evening before going to bed, great!

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4 of the best poses to relieve tight hips

Not too long ago, I posted about the two major causes of lower back pain. One of the reasons I mentioned is tight hips. When the hips are tight, the back works extra hard to try to keep you balanced. Unfortunately, that leads to back pain. If you consistently stretch your hips, they’ll become loser and more flexible. Your back will thank you for that. Without further ado, here are four poses to help combat tight hips. Continue reading

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Get Moving: Free June Fitness Challenge For Busy People

Ready to get your summer started? Between work, baseball practice, graduation parties, BBQs and more, is there really time to fit in exercise? Yes! Yes there is! This fitness challenge is perfect for people who are just starting out on their fitness journey as well as those who are incredibly busy this time of year. Bonus: It’s completely FREE! Continue reading

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Intimidated by your first fitness class? Don’t be

Walking into a new gym or fitness class can be intimidating. You worry whether you’ll fit in. You worry if you’re wearing the right clothes. And, especially if you’re out of shape, you’ll worry that everyone is watching and judging you for being there. Here’s the truth of the matter: Everyone is so concerned with themselves that they barely have any time to give you a second glance. Continue reading

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Essential yoga poses for any practice

Whether you’ve been attending yoga classes regularly for years or you’re just thinking of stepping into your first class, there are some poses you’re going to encounter over and over. This is true no matter what type of yoga you practice – vinyasa, ashtanga, kundalini, Iyengar, hot yoga or something else. There are some essential yoga poses you just need to know. Here are just a few you’ll see time and time again. Continue reading

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How to know how often to weigh yourself

When people try to gain or lose weight, they often begin to question how often they should weigh themselves. Some professionals suggest weighing every week or every other week, while some say daily. But with those varied suggestions, how do you know how often to weigh yourself? Continue reading

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How to meditate: 7 meditation tips

If you’ve ever tried to meditate and found it hard to concentrate on nothing or boring to just sit around, you are not alone. Meditation is difficult – even for people who do it regularly. But it’s worth the struggle considering people who meditate tend to have better health outcomes. That said, if you’re trying to add meditation into your routine, it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Here are some simple tips to help meditation seem more manageable. Continue reading

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Why isn’t the scale moving?

Stepping on the scale day after day, week after week only to see no progress is very frustrating. You eat well, and you exercise regularly. And yet … the scale isn’t moving. The question is: why not? The truth is, there’s more to weight loss than calories in, calories out. Here are four other things that could be hindering your weight loss. Continue reading

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Body confidence: What it means to be confident in your skin

We all want to be a little more confident. For some, that means feeling better in their skin – whether that’s losing weight or toning up. And for many, that means being confident in swimwear and workout gear. But being confident about your figure doesn’t necessarily mean you have to show off your body in revealing bikinis or sports tops. It simply means you feel good about yourself regardless of what you’re wearing. Continue reading