Is your workout too exhausting? Your workout should leave you feeling strong and powerful not fully depleted. At Oxygen we love to sweat, and we also love our bods. So we ensure that as instructors, participants and lovers of life that we encourage proper maintenance of your body. Fitness and yoga is one of the best ways to improve physical and mental health. Those two go hand in hand and we’ve got your movement sesh covered. We take care of how you physically move so when you go home you can feel strong. It’s up to us as individuals to listen to our bods after we leave yoga too. We have to heal our muscles that just worked so hard. Karoline Fortin is a health and wellness advocate and she strongly believes supplements can be a great addition to any healthy lifestyle. She outlines for us how supplements can compliment your practice, enhance your physical fitness, and  even improve mental function. Take a read:

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How Supplements Can Help You Make The Most Out of Yoga

There are over 3 million Canadians currently participating in yoga, whether they travel to classes or practice from the comfort of their own homes. Practicing yoga can have great advantages on many aspects of your life, from increasing physical fitness to cultivating a habit of happiness. Therefore, it is important to get the most out of each practice, and one way to do this is through the careful use of supplements.  

Physical Fitness

The average person is drawn to the practice of yoga for the purpose of physical fitness. But yoga also includes a wider range of benefits than just fitness, such as the well-rounded balance of strength and quick-moving poses that enhance flexibility. As with any form of exercise, hard-working muscles need to recover from the strain they go through during yoga. Supplements made from natural ingredients and sourced from trustworthy providers can aid in muscle recovery and help you make the most out of your practice. Along with the general advice of eating a balanced diet and taking a multivitamin, taking anti-inflammatory supplements can aid in muscle recovery and help eliminate soreness. Coenzyme Q10, which is made by the body and found in a few foods, decreases damage to tissue and helps the muscles use oxygen more efficiently.  

Mental Function

Yoga is a unique form of exercise in that it tends to bring all aspects of health to attention. Not only do people attend yoga classes for the purpose of movement, but many teachers will discuss the importance of mental clarity, cultivating mindfulness and intentionality, and sometimes even nutritional health. A study by the University of Waterloo found that just 25 minutes per day of yoga or mindfulness increased cognitive function as well as led to increased mood and energy levels. Meditation during yoga can also increase memory and concentration, and allow the brain to focus more intently on important tasks. Taking supplements after yoga such as DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid, can help to increase overall brain function by increasing the growth of new brain cells.

With each scientific study that is completed, the evidence that yoga can improve your health, brain function and happiness continues to pile up. Participating in yoga a few times per week while achieving a healthy, supplemented diet can help you live your best life.

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