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Physical activity, along with a healthy diet, is one of the most important things you can do to achieve a healthy lifestyle and good overall health. An active lifestyle should consist of at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week. The best way of accumulating activity is doing it in a way that you will enjoy and be able to maintain over time. Some people may grow bored with their activity routine and want to try something new, while others may want to learn more about certain activities before they try them. This section will introduce you to a variety of physical activities through images and videos so you can get a better idea of the variety of physical activity options that are available to you.

Yoga

Yoga has become a very popular form of physical activity in some areas of the country over the past decade. The modern practice of yoga often includes traditional elements inherited from Hinduism. These elements include moral and ethical principles, postures designed to keep the body fit, spiritual philosophy, instruction by a guru, chanting of mantras, quieting the breath, and stilling the mind through meditation.

Proponents of yoga see daily practice as beneficial in itself, leading to improved health, emotional well-being, mental clarity, and joy in living. Yoga classes usually involve taking a series of poses or postures with your body that simultaneously stretch and strengthen your muscles. Some forms of yoga can be more relaxing, while others can be advanced and thus more physically demanding.

If you are interested in exploring a yoga practice you should visit a yoga studio or a gym that offers yoga classes and learn about the classes they offer. Each yoga class and instructor is different, so you might want to try a variety of classes and instructors to get a well rounded yoga experience. View the yoga video below if you are interested in introducing yourself to some common yoga poses and breathing practices.