At this point, you probably feel like you’ve heard the phrase “new normal” about a thousand times. Or maybe closer to a million times. We doubt you have an accurate count of it, but let’s just call it like it is: we’re all getting sick of hearing about the so-called new normal.
With things changing around us constantly, it’s impossible to even guess what a longer-term new normal is going to look like or to anticipate what we each need to do to adjust to that state.
Here’s one thing that can be a constant in these wild times: at home yoga.
That’s right, guys — a constant.
Doesn’t it sound really appealing to have a constant right about now??
Don’t give up your yoga workouts
When life is in a state of chaos, it can be tempting to give up on certain healthy habits. We can all be honest and admit that we’ve used having a rough day or feeling stressed out as excuses to skip out on a workout. And since the whole world has felt like it’s stuck in an endless pattern of rough, stressed-out days recently, it hardly comes as a surprise to us that plenty of people have put their fitness regimens on hold.
It hardly comes as a surprise, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way. In fact, there’s a much healthier way to adjust to this new normal! And at home yoga – whether it be a beginner yoga class or a cardio-infused power yoga flow – is a major part of it.
First, let’s get something clear with at home fitness…
Making exercise and other healthy habits a consistent part of the routine during periods of stress and uncertainty is hugely important. Why? Because fitness — including at home yoga and other types of full body workouts — is absolutely key for your mental health. We’re big advocates for tending to your mental health even when everything in the world is chugging along and hunky dory, so yeah… we’re pretty much superfans of it for the moments when it feels like the world is kindddd of falling apart.
Here’s how an at home yoga workout can benefit your mental health,
When you’re struggling to establish or adjust to a new normal, you need – and let’s all say it together – “a constant”.
Let’s go to a trusted source for answers
In this article, we’re looking to Healthline as our health information expert who covers all facets of physical and mental health and is also the world’s fastest-growing health information site, reaching over 250 million people monthly.
Healthline’s Medical Affairs team is headed by Dr. E Hahn Le. As the Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Healthline, she “brings her years of clinical and healthcare technology experience to help consistently create high-quality, empathetic, and engaging content and products that uphold the highest medical integrity.”
➡ Here are 5 points you should consider:
#1) At home yoga has been proven to decrease stress levels
By decreasing the secretion of the primary stress hormone in our bodies, which is called cortisol, at home yoga is able to decrease your stress levels. Multiple studies of different populations have proven that people have significantly lower levels of cortisol after integrating a yoga program into their routine.
#2) In-home yoga also helps to lower anxiety
While it’s less clear to researchers why a yoga practice reduces anxiety, it’s clear that it does… and we’re here for that. In study after study, people who practiced yoga reported less anxiety over time.
#3) At home yoga can help you fight depression
Healthline notes that this may be as a result of the way yoga affects cortisol levels (see above).
#4) Everyone feels better — mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. — when they get more sleep
And since Healthline confirms that yoga can promote sleep quality, you can be sure that making at home yoga a priority in your life can have a positive impact on your overall wellness. Everything’s easier to manage when you have more sleep on your side, don’t you think?
#5) The bottom line: Yoga at home improves your quality of life.
A variety of studies have shown this is true for people of all ages and backgrounds. Doing a home yoga workout can really boost your happiness!
Each of these mental health benefits of at home yoga is more important than ever when things around us are in flux and we’re working to adapt to a new normal.
Adapting to a new normal is bound to be stressful. Having access to at home yoga (through platforms like bulldog online!) can help you fight that stress and feel better in the process.
A new normal will also cause some serious anxiety. Fight it with an at home yoga workout and feel more confident to take on the unexpected twists and turns coming your way.
You can get ahead of other — potentially more serious — mental health issues that are more likely to crop up in a scary time.
Dealing with a world in crisis and a new normal is freaking exhausting! Get into a routine with at home yoga and get some more sleep in your life.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some control over your quality of life, even in this time of craziness? Of course it would!
Even Kendall Long from The Bachelor loves doing Bulldog Online Yoga at home.
Doing at home yoga is advantageous because, well, it’s at home
Here’s what we mean…
- In the new normal, most of us are spending a lot more time in our houses and apartments. Doing online yoga allows you to get an awesome workout in the comfort of your own home. You won’t have to sacrifice a great sweat session because you’re trying to stay safe at home… because you can hit the mat for power yoga at home!
- In the new normal, our schedules are all a little funky. We’re helping kids with remote learning and Zoom-ing in to meetings and doing everything at weird times. Having flexibility in your workout schedule is absolutely key! at home yoga sets you up for a fantastic workout whenever it works for you. Bulldog online classes are on demand!
- With so many things unknown in the world around us, it’s hard not to crave the comforts of home. We have a feeling you’ll be more likely to stick to your workout schedule if it doesn’t require you to constantly leave the house. You won’t make excuses and skip your fitness sesh if you have easy access to your cozy slippers and favorite TV show as soon as you’re done on the mat.
Still looking for tips on how to make at home yoga part of your new normal?
We get it. If online yoga or working out at home is new for you, it may take some time to adjust.
But trust us — you’re going to totally embrace at home yoga.
Here are some suggestions to help you maximize your at home yoga workouts:
- Start from the beginning – This might sound like a no brainer, but it never hurts to begin as a beginner. Experts recommend that yoga beginners start off with easy classes, but there are plenty of yoga styles that can work for beginners to the practice. Getting into the groove with at home yoga for beginners will get you into the habit of doing yoga at home during this weird new normal… and soon you’ll be addicted.
- Get yourself a custom workout plan – No matter what your specific fitness and wellness goals are, we can pretty much guarantee that one of our at home yoga plans will address them. There are custom plans based on your mood, your fitness level, and your experience. Each plan lays out exactly which online yoga classes you need to take over the course of a designated period of time so you can ensure that your in-home yoga is giving you what you want and need from your fitness regimen.
- Get yourself an accountability buddy – If you’re still figuring out how to make fitness a regular part of your routine during our new normal, you might consider inviting a friend or loved one to help you out. Share bulldog online with them and commit to keeping each other posted about the at home yoga classes you’re doing. Remember: your accountability buddy doesn’t have to be an experienced yoga. That’s what at home yoga for beginners is for!
- Find your comfort zone – One of our favorite things about an at home yoga workout is that it puts you right in the middle of your happy place for your exercise session. Find a place in your home that makes you smile and set up your mat there. You don’t need a lot of space for an online yoga class — just enough room to move your limbs around! — and as long as you have access to a streaming device, you should be all set.
We know times are tricky, bulldoggers, and it’s hard to know what’s coming next.
But we’re here to support you in this new normal… and we’re confident that at home yoga is going to make that new normal much happier and healthier. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!