Yoga is a great supplement to any cardio or weight training regimen. There are many benefits that yoga can bring to your body as well as your mind.
First of all, yoga gives you much more flexibility and decreases tension in your joints. After only one class, you will be able to stretch all body parts more than you were able to before. Gains in flexibility are extremely important while lifting weights.
For example, many exercises are stopped prematurely because a person does not have a big enough range of motion. By becoming more flexible throughout your entire body, you will be able to increase your range of motion and have better workouts. Also, your joints will be looser which will also grant you a longer range of motion.
Think about working out your chest. If you are using dumbbells and can drop your elbows so you can feel your scapula, you will be able to hit parts of the muscle that you have never been able to hit before. The longer the range of motion, the longer amount of time your muscle is under tension. This will allow you to increase in size and strength. Most yoga classes are taught in extraordinarily hot rooms where you begin sweating before the class even starts. This allows your muscles to warm and your body to get even looser.
Yoga works all of your muscles and massages all of your inner organs. Along with the large dosage of sweating, the massaging of organs also enhances your bodies’ detoxification process. This ensures optimum blood flow throughout your entire body. By releasing all of the toxins in your body, you have increased energy and can work out longer and harder.
Lastly, what most people go into the gym for is toning their body. It is important for people to switch up their workout routine so that their muscles do not get used to the same exercises. Yoga not only changes up this routine, but it also hits muscles that have never been used before. It can also work to strengthen weaker muscles and can shed off extra pounds in unwanted areas.
Yoga should be done on top of your daily cardio and weight-training program. There are many benefits and you will begin to notice them right from the beginning.