Get Your Dad To Do Yoga This Fathers Day For These 4 Reasons
Not only is June the 21st Fathers Day, but it is also International Yoga Day. So why not rope your dad in for some nice stretches and pain relief? However, it’s often not easy to convince our dads to get moving or to try yoga. He might view yoga as something that is “boring”, “slow” or “a waste of time” – that’s where this article comes in. There’s more to yoga than just sitting in one place for two minutes or complicated twists that make you look like a pretzel – yoga has so much more to offer in terms of health benefits. Here’s what you can tell dad…
1. It can help you deal with and reduce stress.
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Stress is proven to increase the risk of heart disease and in 2018, Ischaemic heart disease remained as the principal causes of death for males (17.8%) in Malaysia. A lot of the time, stress is the result of the way we react to what happens to us and in practising yoga, you are given a toolset that allows you to deal with stress the healthy way. One of these is through the practice of breathing. Known as ‘asana’ – which is translated as “a steady, comfortable seat,” particularly for the purpose of meditation, you are taught that the way you breathe can help you deal with discomfort. By focusing on your breath, you are bringing your focus back to yourself, allowing you to calm yourself down and give yourself space to understand why you feel the way you do.
On the more scientific side, studies have shown that yoga activates the vagus nerve, which stimulates certain muscles in the heart that help to slow heart rate. Stimulating the vagus nerve will take you from ‘fight or flight’ to ‘rest and digest’ mode. When this happens, your blood pressure is reduced and it will feel as if a bit more of the workload on your heart has been lifted.
2. It is proven to improve flexibility.
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There’s no doubt about it – the older you get, the less flexible you become. That is, unless you actively stretch your body. A lot of the times, men find themselves focusing on strength rather than flexibility, and in turn, this causes an imbalance that catches up with them. Yoga poses improve both the range of motion of your joints and the suppleness of your muscles. However, improving on your flexibility will take time, it’s not something that you can build in 10 minutes nor will it only take 2 weeks. It takes patience (aha! an added bonus from practising yoga!) and kindness with oneself.
3. It is a great way to relieve back pain.
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Long hours in the car, at your desk or hunched over a phone/laptop can mould bad posture. As a result of bad posture, people start to feel pain in their back, neck and shoulders. Yoga is an effective (and oftentimes, free) way to reduce back pain. There are poses that suit certain back conditions (like the Locust pose and Bridge Pose for herniated discs or the simple Childs Pose to stretch out the lower back). Not only can dad stretch out his stiff back, he can also build muscles in his back with yoga – without the need for weights or extra equipment that may cause strain.
And one that may really pique his interest…
4. It can shrink beer bellies.
So they’re referred to as ‘beer bellies’ but it’s not necessarily beer that is causing your dad’s tummy to protrude over the waistline of his pants. ‘Beer bellies’ happen when too many calories are consumed – whether from alcohol, sugary beverages, or oversized portions of food – and not enough of those calories are burned. And while women tend to store fat in their arms, thighs and butt, men, tend to store more in their bellies. There are a number of yoga poses that stimulate the stretch receptors in the stomach. which helps turn off the appetite centres in the brain. These include the Warrior I, Warrior II, Revolved Triangle Pose or the Boat pose.
And if all else fails, tell him that even Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) does yoga!
Whether it becomes a fun activity you do with your dad or one that you do together to ensure you both stay healthy, there are tonnes of benefits to practising yoga. So let your dad know that strong dudes try everything once – even yoga. Happy Father’s Day to all dads!
*Cover image credits: Left: Two tiger yoga on Instagram Right: Guy and Seychelle on LA Yoga