5 Ways to Convince Men to Try Yoga
Parachuting out of an airplane. Climbing in the mountains. Or diving in dangerous waters…. Men are often more than ready to do all these risky things to get their adrenaline pumping. But if you ask a man if he would be interested in accompanying his friendly coworker to a harmless yoga course, you are sure to receive a shocked look. “Whoa, wait a minute, I don’t do yoga!” he might say, with his eyes wide open. “Besides, that’s something for women….”
Many men come up with (invent) numerous arguments for why they cannot (or don’t want to) try out a yoga course. Today, we are launching a counterstrike and have put together a list of 5 reasons why the Indian school of philosophy is actually a good idea for men, too.
1. Attract some extra attention (and flirt a little bit!)
Of course, you shouldn’t want to start doing yoga just so you can flirt or find a date 😉 But if you manage to make these tough and demanding exercises look easy, you might find yourself attracting a little bit more admiration and attention.
Still not convinced? Then check out our next argument….
2. Stand up and touch your toes (yes, your T-O-E-S!)
Be honest, when was the last time you touched your toes while standing up? When you were 5 years old? It can be that your muscles have shortened, for instance, if you haven’t engaged in exercise for a while or you’re an avid runner who hasn’t taken the necessary time for recovery.One benefit of regular yoga training is that you will improve your flexibility and mobility.
This now brings us to the third reason why men should try yoga…
3. Gain not only flexibility, but strength too
“Yoga is boring. It’s just meditating….” You hear this misconception all the time. But the truth is that yoga is far more than “just” meditation and stretching. For the individual poses increase your strength! Holding the different positions, the “asanas,” strengthens your muscles a lot more than a man might imagine. One advantage of training only with your own body weight, as done in yoga, is that you’ll improve stabilization and strength and thus be far less susceptible to injuries, for example, when running.
Looks like we are making our case, right? Here’s reason number four…
4. Yoga makes you feel sexy
Yoga helps define your muscles and get you into better shape. Plus it helps reduce stress and focus on yourself and your feelings internally. When you feel good on the inside and look good on the outside, hello confidence booster! And we all know, confidence is just plain sexy.
Good to know: 73% of Runtastic users said in a survey that regular exercise has boosted their sex life. In addition, all those who exercise (be it yoga, running or bodyweight training) more than once a week rate themselves as sexier.
Relax, here’s our fifth and final…
5. Chill out man!
The fifth reason why men, and basically everyone, should do yoga is to reduce stress after a long day at work. It’s hard to get that brain to switch off and relax when there’s so much work to be done, we know. If done regularly, the various yoga exercises can help you get your inner unrest under control.
Are you a man who’s now interested in grabbing a yoga mat and perhaps attending a course after work? Or would you like to do a few poses after running in order to relax your muscles and speed up recovery? Tell us about your experiences with yoga in the comments below!