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5 Reasons Why Remote Workers Should Practice Yoga

5 Reasons Why Remote Workers Should Practice Yoga

According to data from CNBC, since 2018 around 70% of employees work remotely at least once a week. That number has boomed during the global pandemic, which is why remote working has created such a shift in working culture. But with the convenience of remote work also comes a few drawbacks.

 

Working from home promotes a sedentary lifestyle since it takes the daily commute away. As a result, we aren’t getting much exercise, which is vital to keeping fit and healthy. If this sounds familiar, don’t judge yourself. There’s still something you can do. Here are five reasons why remote workers should practice yoga:

 

1. Yoga is easy with zero equipment

 

 

Exercise equipment can be expensive, and sports can be difficult to do without the proper gear. But yoga for beginners doesn’t have that problem. Just use your tablet or mobile phone and download some apps, or try free classes on YouTube. You just need a yoga mat, and maybe a yoga block, yoga strap, yoga pillow and yoga belt, too. How about clothes? Just wear something comfortable and easy to move in, and you should be fine.

 

2. Yoga can be done anywhere

 

 

Wherever you’re working remotely, you can probably do yoga— at home, in a hotel, or even in the basement. Typically, all you need is a yoga mat, which is easy to transport and generally not too bulky. Keep in mind that some postures do require extending your stretches beyond the limits of the mat, so make sure you have adequate space to perform your full arm and leg stretches.

 

3. Yoga helps relieve back pain

 

 

Working for many hours from home and sitting behind a desk can lead to back pain and sore muscles. Yoga can help ease this by promoting good posture that can help reduce strain off your neck and back muscles, as well as ligaments and joints. While yoga strengthens your back muscles, you can reinforce the results with ergonomic chairs. Ergonomic chairs are designed to follow the natural ‘S’ shape of the spine, which helps reduce stress on your back. Combining both yoga stretches and better office equipment can be an easy, long term solution to your back aches.

 

4. Yoga helps you sleep better

 

 

Working from home can make blurring the lines between work and regular life too easy. Remote work can make it hard for workers to “switch off” their work mindset. It’s easy to fall into the bad habit of checking emails before bed, for example, and the blue light from your phone or laptop can make it harder to sleep. Yoga helps create a bedtime routine for your body clock, thus preparing the body and mind for a peaceful night’s rest.

 

5. Yoga lowers your stress levels

 

 

Even if you work in a relaxed environment from your own home, work can still get stressful. Doing some yoga can get your body moving, blood flowing, and you can feel the natural endorphins fill your body as you exercise. In fact, yoga can strengthen your muscles, improve your flexibility, and help you balance the different forces between your mind and body, thus reducing stress and anxiety.

 

Work is important, but so is your health. It’s always important to take a little time after work to take care of your body and mind. By practicing yoga, you can enjoy an all-around physical exercise that can help you relax, feel energized, and even more ready for tomorrow’s challenges.

 

 

content intended only for the use of yogaweeks.com By Penelope Malcom