An Ayurvedic Approach to Your New Year Fitness Resolutions

An Ayurvedic Approach to Your New Year Fitness Resolutions

As we step into a new year, many of us have set fitness goals as part of our resolutions. Whether it's hitting the gym, taking up yoga, or going for a run, incorporating exercise into our routine is a fantastic way to boost overall well-being. To maximize the health benefits of your workout, consider embracing a simple Ayurvedic exercise protocol. Here are five key steps to elevate your fitness routine and achieve holistic health:

1. Fasting Before Your Workout

Ayurveda suggests exercising on an empty stomach to allow your blood to flow to your muscles, not your digestive system. Eating before a workout can disperse your digestive fire (Agni) and create toxins (Ama). If you feel the need for something, chew 1-2 dates slowly for a quick energy boost.

Try to get your workout first thing in the morning. The morning hours are the Kapha time of the day (6 AM - 10 AM). That's why you can feel sluggish in the morning. It is the best to counterbalance Kapha with some movement! If it does not fit your schedule, remember that movement at anytime is better than movement at no time!

Sunrise Ayurvedic Protocol


2. Pre-Exercise Oil Massage

Prior to your workout, indulge in a warm sesame or sweet almond oil massage. This not only nourishes your muscles, joints, and bones but also supports bone marrow health. Additionally, it helps balance Vata, the dosha associated with movement. For an extra health boost, spend 5-10 minutes under the Sun post-exercise to enhance Vitamin D absorption.

Oil massage Ayurveda


3. Hydration Wisdom

During your workout, limit your water intake to a few sips of room-temperature water or opt for peppermint tea. Sipping fluids when not breathless prevents fluid imbalance. Peppermint tea not only cools your body but also aids in sweating, enhancing the detoxification process.

Peppermint tea Ayurvedic exercise protocol


4. Mindful Breathing

Consciously use your breath during exercise, emphasizing nostril breathing. Research indicates that nostril breathing enhances the chemical environment during workouts, providing better oxygen access. Sync your breath with movement to elevate muscle memory and cognitive benefits.

yoga ayurveda excercise


5. Post-Workout Rituals

After your workout, take a warm shower, focusing warmer water on your lower body and slightly less warm on the heart and above. Avoid eating immediately before a shower. If you choose a cold plunge, schedule it 2-3 hours apart from your workout, as cold is beneficial for recovery but not muscle building.

shower bath self-care skincare


6. Skincare

After your workout, embrace a skincare routine to take advantage of the benefits of sweating. Sweating keeps the skin moisturized, softens, and smoothens it. Treat yourself with our Ayurvedic Vitamin C Face Oil. This oil hydrates, brightens, and repairs your skin while boosting collagen production, giving you a beautiful glow!

Ayurvedic Skincare Vitamin C Serum


Conclusion: Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Workout

Finish your fitness journey on a high note by indulging in a warm, nourishing meal. Following these Ayurvedic principles not only maximizes the benefits of your workout but also helps prevent collagen degeneration. Embrace these holistic practices, and witness the transformation of your fitness routine into a journey of overall well-being. Cheers to a healthier and happier you in the new year!

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