For some extremists, working out just to keep the flab at bay is no longer enough, and a growing number of people are adopting the “more is better” celebrity approach. Many workouts rival those of elite athletes in terms of frequency, intensity and duration, following the theory that greater effort equals a better return in terms of anti-ageing, disease-fighting and fat-minimising benefits. But do daily three-hour workouts really help to hold back the years? Experts warn they won’t, and claim that extreme exercise can put your health at risk.
Women who reduce their body fat too drastically often suffer from poor circulation and develop lanugo, a fine layer of hair, as the body tries to keep warm. They are also at risk of exercise amenorrhoea, when periods are disrupted, a warning sign that oestrogen levels have plummeted. This can temporarily affect fertility and, since oestrogen is vital for bones, a woman may start losing bone mass, putting her at risk of osteoporosis.
A woman’s skin becomes thinner and less elastic with age as collagen and oestrogen levels drop.
Weight training and cardiovascular activity such as running tightens and shortens the muscles while yoga lengthens and builds functional strength.
No need to damage your body, instead I suggest you to slow down and prolong your life by natural approach such as Yoga exercises and meditation.
Experts advise doing some form of strength training at least twice a week to keep metabolism running efficiently.
Practicing yoga develops strength and endurance, enhances your focus, improves your balance and increases your performance in every aspect of your life. It works the whole body synergistically, working every joint, muscle and fibre improving all of your bodies functions.
Yoga is the best medicine for preventing injuries and aiding muscle recovery and repair. When the muscles and surrounding tissues are lengthened and relaxed during yoga asana (Sanskrit word for postures) it creates more room for blood to flow.
This in turn attracts more oxygen to the area helping muscles to heal and grow, making them more effective for your next workout (and less sore in everyday life). As an added bonus yoga also helps to flush lactic acid from the system. The squeezing and releasing motions the yoga postures create invite the good stuff in and push the bad stuff out.
Meditation research has shown that yogic disciplines can favorably affect the body in the direction of better health and consequently a longer life.
That meditation and pranayama can lower the whole tone of body function and thereby slow down the inner working of the cells by acting on the central nervous system, is in line with both the scientific and yogic theories of aging. By slowing breath and metabolism we can slow the cellular clock, delaying the aging process. Yogic techniques seem to be the key. Just how much we can slow down aging at a cellular level remains to be seen. That yoga can slow breathing has already been shown, and its effects are profound.