Are you a bloke who enjoys a good moan?
Or wakes with aches? Or just feels off?
Are you a bloke who enjoys a good moan? Or wakes with aches? Or just feels off?
If you’re a guy and the words stressed out, cantankerous or moody describe your mental state, you could be suffering from ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ (IMS), a common side effect of low testosterone.
Most men’s testosterone levels naturally begin to drop after age 30, however, according to a UK survey, men over the age of 52 start becoming noticeably grumpy.
Grumpies Yoga, a yoga class just for men, is a new idea from Tracy Adshead, Yoga Teacher at Grey Lynn Community Centre. The class has been running since 2015.
Of course all grumpy men love yoga – for their wives and girlfriends that is. But did you know that yoga helps to reduce the effects of hormonal changes for men by balancing the endocrine system (the home of hormones), and helping to reduce the symptoms of hormonal fluctuations? In fact, taking one yoga class per week can increase endurance, build strength, prevent injuries and help to alleviate the impact of stress in daily life (Harvard Mental Health Letter, 2009).
Men typically focus their fitness on strength training and/or endurance training. While these workouts are great for muscle, bone, and heart health, the repetitive movements can lead to muscle tightness. Yoga can be a great way to get better balance and improved flexibility into your fitness routine so that you can still tie your shoelaces without gasping!