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Yoga is a complex spiritual discipline that is rooted in Indian beliefs and culture. It’s a combination of philosophical and physiological practices that are designed to foster good health. Yoga is ancient and enduring. It is such a long-standing practice that its origins date as far back as the Iron Age. Given this extensive history, Yoga as a practice has transformed significantly over time. It may have begun as a strictly spiritual tradition, but its adoption beyond Indian culture has seen it develop into a series of fitness routines that vary in focus. For example some schools of Yoga concentrate on meditative exercises, whereas other schools of Yoga concentrate more on physical conditioning.

The Gains

Because of its spiritual origins, Yoga can be misconstrued as an exclusively mystical ritual. On the contrary however, Yoga’s physical elements offer so many health benefits that it is now regularly integrated with secular fitness programs. At the heart of its intricacy Yoga encourages conscientiousness. It encourages people to slow down and be attentive to the needs of our minds, our bodies, and our souls. In this way, Yoga is a perfect exercise to help decompress from the overwhelming demands of a hectic lifestyle. Here are just a few of the numerous advantages that Yoga can provide:

  • Discipline

Yoga emphasizes routine regardless of how advanced, or strict, the technique. Yoga as a concept isn’t just a cosmetic activity. It has to be adopted as part and parcel of a person’s daily routine. This repetition naturally instils a sense of discipline when adhered to. The more you do Yoga, the more self-control you discover.

  • Mindfulness

Yoga is contemplative. It encourages meditation and mental concentration as a way to challenge the abilities of both the mind and body. As such Yoga enhances self-awareness that is integral to personal growth and wellness.

  • Balance

Both the philosophy and physical exercise involved in Yoga help establish balance in how we maintain our bodies. Most conventional approaches to fitness emphasize endurance and resistance training in order to develop strength. Yoga on the other hand incorporates flexibility training that complements other approaches to fitness.

  • Stress Management

Yoga is a low-intensity exercise. Whereas conventional workouts require complicated equipment and heavy exertion, Yoga only requires a floor mat and some free time. This simplicity acts as an antidote to the noisy commotion of life. It would surprise you just how soothing it is to be still and meditate.

  • Good Health

Yoga isn’t just hypothetically advantageous, it is medically proven to enhance biological functions. For instance:

  • Lung capacity can improve significantly after practicing Yoga’s breathing exercises over time.
  • Its low-intensity and mental engagement helps manage cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure.
  • It builds muscle strength.
  • It increases range of motion.
  • It sustains a healthy Body Mass Index, and does much more to keep the body in good condition.

Don’t let the Sanskrit intimidate you into thinking that Yoga is a nightmare. Taking it up can in fact open the doors to fulfilling self-discovery. Once you discover just how simple Yoga is, you’ll wonder how you could ever hesitate to take it up in the first place. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love our many informative workshops and events listed on Eventbrite: Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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We all know the undeniable truth about what it takes to get fit: do plenty of exercise and eat a balanced, nutritional diet. We also know the unspoken truth about what it takes to get fit: which is that finding the time or energy to exercise and diet is almost impossible given the hectic schedules that most people keep every day. Life gets so busy sometimes that staying true to a healthy routine feels out of reach for many. Regardless of these challenges, we must never give up because it still makes a difference to keep trying. Even if you never manage to transform your body into a physical masterpiece, consistent healthy living is imperative to prevent illness or diminished health during old age. That alone makes every effort worth it.

If taking the leap with a gym membership or counting calories is too demanding for now, there are still many ways to introduce impactful healthy choices into your lifestyle. One of them is portion control. Portion control refers to the habit of reducing caloric intake by replacing high-calorie food with low-calorie alternatives, and limiting the serving size of your food. Portion control is a subtle way of modifying one’s diet because it doesn’t require the technical measurement of calorie counting. Even without exercise, portion control can help guide you towards weight loss by increasing your awareness of exactly which food you ingest and by how much. Here are six tips on portion control that can dramatically improve progress towards weight loss:

Drink Water:
Whereas drinking water is beneficial for the sake of overall hydration, it can also be used to reduce how much food we eat unnecessarily. People sometimes have a tendency to misconstrue thirst for hunger. We think we need a meal when in actuality, we need water. Drinking one full glass of water at least five minutes before each meal not only quenches thirst, it partially induces satiety thereby reducing how intensely we crave food.

Add Fruit and Vegetables to the Menu:
Current nutritional standards heavily emphasize consumption of protein and dairy. Because we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to eating protein, we have to take initiative in order to eat fruits and vegetables. Regardless of what your meal is, always make sure that it either has a majority serving of fruit or vegetables along with it. Eating more meat than vegetables deprives our bodies of essential vitamins and minerals.

Listen to Your Body:
Many of us consume food out of procedure. We eat when we feel hungry, but instead of stopping when we’re full, we push ourselves to finish whatever we’re eating – even if it’s excessive. Learning to listen to your body and how it reacts to food is vital to gaining control of your diet. When you start to feel full, stop eating. If something tastes too sweet or too salty, don’t eat all of it. Your palate instinctively responds with displeasure to excessive nutrients and substances. Don’t ignore this physiological signal.

Go Easy on the Condiments:
Complementing meals with condiments has become part and parcel of eating food. While there’s nothing wrong with using condiments in moderation, once they become compulsory with every dish, their harmful effects begin to accumulate. The reason why condiments taste so good is because they have strong flavors. Unfortunately those strong flavors typically come from concentrated salt or sugar. Instead of using these ingredients to accentuate every single meal, condition your body to appreciate the natural flavors of your food.

Don’t Trust the Food Industry to Measure your Serving Sizes:
One of the easiest mistakes to make when it comes to managing food portions is trusting mass-producers to package or serve their food into reasonable portions. The food industry’s highest priority isn’t to ensure consumers’ health. Their highest priority is to sell as much food, to as many people as possible. Whether it comes from a restaurant, or from a grocery store shelf, blindly devouring prepared food without measuring how much you actually need to get satisfied is only setting the stage for overindulgence.

Use Fresh Ingredients:
If you ever have an option to eat fresh food, take it. The more a food item is exposed to conditions such as refrigeration, additives, canning, or use of pesticides, the more its nutrients become denatured and contaminated. The fresher the food we consume is, the fewer poisons and persistent substances end up circulating in our bodies.

Healthy living is a matter of lifestyle. This means that a decision to change your diet for the sake of well-being should be something you’re prepared to do for the rest of your life. It might not be realistic to eliminate entire food groups from your diet forever. But it’s definitely realistic to adhere to these six steps even when you eat high-calorie food. The most important thing is never to give up on trying to do the right thing – even with small measures. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. Please Note: Always consult a medical doctor before making any changes to your diet or nutrition program. Any advice offered by RISE Programs is purely academic and will not help cure, heal, or correct any illness, metabolic disorder, or medical condition.

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In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Everyone’s been there. Sitting dejected in the dark as frustration wrenches a lump of regret in your throat. Agonizing over that one miscalculation, that one mistake, that sent everything haywire. Wallowing in the sting of embarrassing failure as you wonder what happens next, or how to move on. These moments can feel completely hopeless – especially when failure happens within a context of leadership. Failure however, is not fatal. Failure is not a death sentence. In fact, depending on how a leader chooses to react to failure, it can become nothing more than a minor footnote on a bigger journey to success. During life’s toughest moments, it’s important to remember that there is no problem too dire to overcome. All it takes is some positive mental reframing through three main steps:

  • Reflect:

If you find yourself entangled in a moment of failure, stop cringing over it and take some time to reflect on the situation. Don’t do this in the spirit of obsessing over mistakes. Rather, do it with a singular aim of identifying the specific conditions that led to failure, then correct them. All mistakes in life are an opportunity to learn the difference between right and wrong. Instead of reacting to failure with indulgent emotion, analyze, remedy and grow from it.

  • Accept:

Accept that you can’t control everything. Accept that something bad happened, and that sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles. Accept that you are human, and imperfect. Beating yourself up about failure can spiral into endless self-pity. This is why it’s important to abandon the impossible expectations of perfectionism. Remembering your own fallibility is a crucial step towards healing that is necessary to move on constructively from failure. Once you accept that failure has happened, it becomes time to reset your attitude towards rebuilding.

  • Regroup:

If something doesn’t kill you, it only makes you stronger. As long as you have breath in your lungs it means you’re alive to fight, and win, another day. This should be your fundamental mindset no matter what happens in life. Do not collapse in defeat when you fail at something. Instead, focus on surviving. Focus on prevailing. Focus on salvaging what you can and craft a strategy to achieve again. It isn’t easy to regroup especially in the sadness of setbacks. However giving up should never be an option in your mind. Even if you have to reinvent yourself, and your dreams, keep hope alive and have the courage to continue.

Close your eyes and think about a legend you admire. Think about what they accomplished and why it is you respect them. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that what you admire the most about them is the fact that they did not surrender to failure. Resilience is a virtue. It’s what sets great leaders apart and cements admiration for them. No matter what happens in life, be resilient and never give up. It will turn your life story, into a success story. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love our many informative workshops and events listed on Eventbrite: Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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