Improve Your Bone Health With These 6 Special Yoga Practices

Improve Your Bone Health With These 6 Special Yoga Practices

Yoga is an excellent way of having a healthy mind and body. One of the advantages of yoga is that it helps in keeping the bones healthy and strong.[1] Yoga is excellent for strengthening bones because it is a weight bearing exercise; it is isometric and low impact. The exercises are gentle on the joints and cartilage. Strong bones are essential as they help in bringing balance to the body and providing good posture. There is a misconception among people that bones weaken with age but it actually happens because of bad daily habits.

Here are some of the yoga poses that will help in making sure that your bones stay strong and healthy:


1.  Trikonasana

The pose is also known as extended triangle pose and it has a lot of advantages. It is an excellent pose for increasing the flexibility of the spine and it also helps in relieving gastritis. It is an excellent way of stretching the whole body. It is good for making sure that the lower body stays strong. It is not just good for stretching the lower body, but also effective for the bones in the lower body region. It is effective in providing flexibility to the flat feet and, if it is practiced regularly, it can also help in stretching the ankles and calves so that an arch is created.

2. Vrksasana

It is also known as the tree pose. To make sure that you are doing the pose right you should get the help of a yoga instructor. It is not a very complicated or difficult pose but it is highly useful for the bones. It helps in stimulating the pelvic bones, shoulder bones, and spine. It is an excellent exercise for the prevention of deformities of the spine, weaknesses in the shoulder and legs and also rheumatoid arthritis. The exercise is also recommended to people who are looking to improve their balance as it helps in strengthening the arches and bones of the feet. In the beginning, if you are finding it difficult to achieve this pose then you should start by standing against the wall as it will help in achieving better balance.


3. Utkatasana

The pose is also known as the chair pose. It is a perfect exercise for making the bones of the lower body strong. It is extremely good for the lower body such as the ankles, legs, hips, and thighs. It is a simple yoga pose that is easy to understand and imitate. The pose helps in stretching the calf muscles along with the Achilles’ tendon. It is an extremely beneficial exercise for people with flat feet. The exercise is not just focused on lower body strength; it is also good for flexing the muscles of the chest and shoulders. It makes the bones of the entire body strong and is good for increasing stamina. In the beginning, you can make the exercise easier by using the support of a wall to achieve balance.

4. Ardha Matsyendrāsana

It is one of the best poses for getting healthy and strong bones. It is also known as the seated twisting pose. It is good for the bones, especially the ones in the back and neck. It puts pressure on the back and neck and not just helps in stimulating the production of bones but also assists in relaxing them. It is an excellent exercise for the promotion of bone health. You can opt for milder twists, which are effective in stretching the back muscles and putting very little pressure on the vertebrae.


5. Bhujangasana

The pose is also known as the cobra pose. It is highly effective in increasing the strength of the bones. It is good for developing better lower-back support and also assists in achieving an upright posture. It is very helpful in dealing with the deformities of a spine as it makes the backbone strong and healthy. The cobra pose is also good for strengthening the bones of the hands, arms and pelvis as these muscles are also involved in the exercise. It is good for the prevention of serious problems with the fingers or wrist arthritis.

6. Salabhasana

The pose is also known as the locust pose and, when it is practiced regularly, it can help in improving the flexibility of the bones and increasing the strength of the thigh bones. It is perfect for stimulating the backbone and increasing the strength of not just the arms but also the legs. In the beginning, you should put a blanket under your thighs and abdomen to get support.


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Last Updated on November 11, 2018

How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

There’s a common misconception that building muscle occurs entirely in the gym from exercise and lifting weights. In this article, we are going to debunk this notion that weight lifting and gym exercise yields 100%, or even 90% for that matter, of muscle building results.

So how to gain muscle fast in a healthy way?

Yes working-out is a critical aspect of developing muscle, however it should not be the focal point. Building muscle occurs primarily outside of the gym by way of diet/eating habits, and sleep regimen.

How Is Muscle Developed?

Muscle is developed from damaging the tissue during exercise, and facilitating the most optimal circumstances for repair and growth of those same tissues. This means you will not only need to exercise, but you should focus on carbohydrates around your exercises, and adequate rest and recovery between workouts.

If your focus is building muscle and not losing weight, focusing on a high-carb diet with carb loading around the workout days will yield great results. Yes, you absolutely can lose fat and build muscle following a low-carb diet, but you’ll make faster progress if you follow a high-carb diet instead. Now don’t take that as a green-light to stuff your face with pasta, bread, and all sorts of other carb-heavy foods.

Let’s examine Glycogen – a multibranched polysaccharide of glucose that serves as a form of energy storage in humans. Muscle glycogen is a form of carbohydrate that’s stored in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is the primary source of fuel during exercise, and low glycogen levels decreases your ability to gain strength and muscle. The best way to maintain high levels of muscle glycogen is to eat a high-carb diet, with around 1 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of body weight.


The time of ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement on muscle glycogen storage post exercise was examined in a study with twelve male cyclists that exercised continuously for 70 min on a cycle ergometer at 68% VO2max, interrupted by six 2-min intervals at 88% VO2max, on two separate occasions. The results suggest that delaying the ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement post-exercise will result in a reduced rate of muscle glycogen storage.

How to Gain Muscle Fast?

If you want to gain muscle as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible, then you want high muscle glycogen levels. Here’s a few effective approaches to building muscle:

Muscle Growth and Glycogen Levels

The primary driver of gaining muscle and its growth is progressive tension overload, which involves exposing your muscles to increasingly greater levels of tension over time. The most effective way to achieve this is to get as strong as possible on heavy compound lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, over head press, bent over barbell rows..etc).

When you keep glycogen levels high, you’re going to gain strength faster, which means gaining muscle faster, too. Having higher levels of muscle glycogen will more than likely help you build muscle faster.

Maintaining high muscle glycogen levels also improves post-workout genetic signaling relating to muscle growth and repair.

Muscle Recovery and Glycogen Levels

Not only do higher muscle glycogen levels yield quicker strength gains, it will also improve recovery between workouts.


On the contrary, low muscle glycogen levels are associated with overtraining, and even increasingly popular low-carb diets, which deplete muscle glycogen. Low glycogen levels also increase cortisol and reduce testosterone levels in athletes, which is a key component needed for building muscle.

Those on a low-carb diets also have reduced insulin levels. Insulin, in addition to helping store nutrients, also has powerful anti-catabolic properties. Basically insulin decreases the rate at which muscle proteins are broken down, which in turn creates a more anabolic environment conducive to muscle growth and development.

Intermittent Fasting (“IF”) and Testosterone

Fasting is not just a beneficial way to manage your weight, caloric intake, and start shredding as I have indicated in previous articles. Some research shows that fasting can be a source of strength enhancement and increases in testosterone stimulation.

As humans age metabolism slows and testosterone production decreases, this simply means that the body will no longer be able to work as efficiently as it did in earlier years. This is one of the primary reasons why you should take more care to your diet.

Research has shown that intermittent fasting can enhance the ability to secrete growth hormone in the body.[1] This is one of the primary reasons why IF is one of the preferred dietary habits of bodybuilders and strength athletes such as myself, whom will utilize an approach that emphasizes fasting phases (2 of 7 days of the week for example).

Research has also shown that IF can increase the bodies ability to signal luteinizing hormone.[2] In non-obese men, an intermittent fasting testosterone study showed that IF increased LH (luteinizing hormone – a testosterone precursor hormone) up to 67% and overall testosterone 180%.


Luteinizing hormone is one that works in both men and women to enhance our ability to be sexually active and productive. In women, luteinizing hormone can trigger ovulation, and in men, works to stimulate testosterone.

Intermittent fasting also increases levels of a hormone called adiponectin. This increase in adiponectin during the fast helps improve insulin sensitivity. Adiponectin is so effective, in fact, that it’s been shown to reverse insulin resistance in mice.

Gaining Muscle and Macro Nutrients – Protein!

Something that absolutely cannot go overlooked is the protein consumption. Personally, I believe protein should be primarily consumed in food, however if looking to gain muscle, it can often be quite difficult to hit daily macro nutrient requirements.

If one is to build muscle consistently a general rule of thumb is to aim for 1-1.5grams of protein per pound of body weight on a daily basis. So as a 200lb man I would be needing to consume 200grams – 250grams of protein per day. I would aim for the higher consumption on days when very active and training.

As I’m sure you’re aware, it can often be quite difficult to consume that much protein, especially in food! It’s in these cases where supplementing protein isn’t a bad idea and I have discussed in great detail the different types of protein in previous articles.

Generally speaking, I lean towards Whey Protein Isolate, or non-dairy options such as Hemp Protein, or Pea Protein. As of late I have been waking up every morning and consuming one scoop of Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein Bovines from grass-fed beef. Collagen peptides are highly bioavailable and act as building blocks; renewing bodily tissues such as skin, bones and joints.[3]


Collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting tissue structure. Consuming protein such as Collagen in the morning is beneficial as the stomachs acids are needed to optimally break-down and absorb protein.

Though this has been a topic of great debate, I also firmly believe adequate carbohydrates are required to build muscle, especially if you are exercising/training often. With all the low-carb movements floating around the internet, there’s lots of misinformation. Muscle-building requires energy which is typically through an increased intake of carbohydrates.

Yes to gain mass, you have to ensure you’re consuming enough protein to rebuild muscle tissue damaged from training; but also consider carbohydrates because gaining size requires filling your muscles with glycogen as we discussed earlier in this article.


If you’re serious about gaining muscle fast the healthy way, it requires commitment and consistency. You will need to exercise and I highly suggest you download MyFitnessPal to track progress, set goals, and maintain diet.

It’s also motivational because you can find like-minded people in the fitness community, or encourage your friends to download the app as well and follow each other. I personally did this when I was losing weight and gaining muscle, and it was a blast to see my own progress and that of people I care about.

As always I’m not just here to write about the steps you need to take, I’m also here to help! You can message me anytime or email me with any questions you may have. I’m more than happy to assist with your muscle building and weight loss goals!

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