Many recent studies have shown that certain exercises that have originated in Asia and specifically India, can offer just as many physical and psychological health benefits as the more vigorous exercises that often dominate Western workouts.
Even better, these exercises tend to be easier on the body. For example, the gentle art of tai chi exercise not only can help build muscle, but it has been shown to help reduce arthritis symptoms and improve your balance.
Whether your goal is to reduce stress, make your muscles strong and flexible, or boost your weight loss efforts with extra calorie burning, according to recent research you can find what you're looking for in exercise disciplines, such as yoga, tai chi, or Qigong.
Not all of these exercises are alike and it may take some shopping around to find the one that suits you best. The great thing about exercises such as yoga and tai chi, however, is that you can easily tailor the activities to fit your personal fitness needs and abilities.
Studies show that regular yoga practice has a positive effect on breathing capacity and reduces the physical and mental symptoms of asthma sufferers.
Some classes even focus on moves that are best for a particular group, such as seniors or children.
And you won't have to twist yourself into an awkward shape or chant a mantra if you dont want to. There are many variations of classes and instructors. Some focus on the spiritual, others are pure workout, and still others balance the two. Some classes closely mirror the original Indian philosophies and postures, while others are modified to incorporate more Western attitudes and exercise goals. Take your time and sample different varieties until you find a class that you love.