Nowadays, it often seems like everyone is talking about the benefits of yoga.
And many people are espousing the health and wellness trend of the five-minute morning yoga routine.
This routine is pretty simple.
You pick out a five-minute yoga routine. Then, you commit to doing that routine every morning after waking up, before you do anything else.
The idea behind it is that it’s supposed to help you stretch out your muscles, energize yourself, and basically get the blood flowing to help you get focused and ready for the day ahead of you.
But here’s the question.
Can five minutes of yoga actually make a real difference?
Or is this just another one of those health and wellness trends that’s more popular than it is useful?
Are there really any benefits to be found with just five minutes of yoga in the morning?
Well, to put this idea to the test, we tried it.
Here’s what we discovered.
1. It’s Great For Stress Reduction
We noticed that even just doing five minutes of yoga in the morning really helped to cut back on stress and increased the positivity we felt for the rest of the day.
It really helps to set the day off on a happier tone.
So in this sense, it was really useful—and definitely worth the time.
2. It Helped Our Ability To Focus
This is another thing we noticed about the five-minute yoga routine that was really interesting.
Doing just a simple five minutes of yoga in the morning really helped our ability to focus.
In fact, we found that this became such an effective way to boost productivity in those first couple of hours, that we quickly realized that this should definitely become a daily habit—even if for only that reason.
3. It Actually Works The Muscles
Here’s the thing.
Some of us aren’t in the best shape.
And when we try the five-minute yoga routine, even just that five minutes of stretching and posing put a significant strain on some of the muscles, especially in the back and shoulders.
And to be honest, this is a really good thing.
It showed that some of us just weren’t quite as limber and as loose as we probably should be.
So getting up early and really stretching out the muscles to get the blood flowing certainly isn’t a bad thing.
We also discovered that we experienced a bit less soreness and stiffness throughout the day as a result.
And hey—after sitting in the office chairs all day, that’s a pretty good benefit, right?
Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand the benefits of the five-minute morning yoga habit.
As it turns out, we loved it.
Maybe it’s time for you to give it a try yourself.
It’s easy to do, doesn’t take much time, and there are plenty of examples of routines to be found on YouTube.
For even more benefits, consider doing it outside to get closer to nature at the same time!