Yoga is simply the best secondary exercise that there is. If you’re looking for a fit and toned body that looks good, and if you want total health, you simply cannot beat yoga
So you’ve been running, or cycling, doing cross-fit, or maybe pumping that iron at the gym. And you want to know what the best alternative exercise is to compliment your routine.
There is one alternative exercise that is perfect for any exercise combination. That exercise is yoga.
Yep, yoga is the absolute best alternative exercise in the world and for so many reasons I could barely count them all (but I’ll try).
It really doesn’t matter who you are, what body type you have, or what other exercise you do. Whether you’re a man, woman, young, old, currently fit or unfit, or even if you are a warrior fighting to stay fit through illness or disability, yoga is the best alternative exercise you can do.
It’s pretty easy to see why yoga is such a good alternative exercise.
Where most exercise elevate your heartrate to a high level and put a lot of strain on your muscles, yoga help to relax the muscles and the heart.
Why yoga is the best alternative exercise and perfect for any exercise combination
For starters, yoga will undo the damage done to your muscles and ligaments in other forms of exercise.
Whatever exercise you’re doing I’m willing to bet you’re putting a considerable amount of strain on certain parts of your body.
Let’s say you’re hitting the gym and lifting weights every other day. Of course that exercise is good for you and will get you fit. Lifting weights is good for cardio and of course it is excellent for muscles strength.
But lifting weights also puts a lot of strain on your muscles and your ligaments. Lot’s of people who lift weights lose flexibility because of the strain put on their body.
It’s the same with other forms of exercise. Cycling, running, MMA…the vast majority of exercises put a lot of strain on your body.
This is where yoga comes in as the best alternative or secondary exercise. Because yoga helps your muscles to stretch and to relax and also improves your flexibility. It undoes a lot of the damage that’s done from other exercises. So when you add yoga to your exercise combination you get the best of both worlds.
Another reason yoga is the best alternative exercise? It heightens your mind-body connection.
While you’re exercising your body you should also be exercising your mind.
It’s true that all exercises do exercise your mind and brain to a degree. You’re mind will always be healthier when backed by a healthy body. But some exercises are better for the brain than others.
Dance is a great example. Boy do I love to shake my groove thang. Dancing is absolutely fabulous for your brain. It is arguably the single best exercise you can do for your brain… oooh, and it also make you really happy.
Yoga also exercises your mind and brain. When you practice yoga you’re often also meditating. At least, you should be meditating, though many modern forms of yoga downplay meditation because it’s simply not as marketable as the physical benefits of yoga.
When you practice yoga you heighten your mind-body connection, which helps you to relax and also boosts happiness levels and relaxation levels.
Yoga is a great exercise to do between your main exercise
If you’re pushing yourself too hard in the gym and getting sweaty you will notice an elevated heartrate and you may also experience muscle cramps. The best strategy here is to take a break to let yourself relax, to return heartrate to normal and to give your muscles a second to calm down.
But as you will have noticed in most exercise videos, it is always better to stay a little active while taking these rests. What better way to stay active than to practice yoga for ten minutes between your main exercise?
When you practice yoga between your main exercise you will keep you heartrate at a healthy level and you will also be helping your muscles to stay warm while alleviating any tension.
Next time you practice your main exercise take a ten or fifteen minute break in the middle and practice yoga.
Yoga is also the best thing to do after your main exercise
So you’ve just worked out for two hours. You’re sweaty. Your muscles feel sore. But you know that it’s not good to just stop all of a sudden. You need that cool down period and you need to stretch your muscles.
Turn to yoga.
You probably already do some yoga-type stretches after working out anyway, right? Continue it. Continue your stretching into twenty minutes of yoga. This will relax both body and mind and will leave you feeling simple fabulous after your workout.
Guys, I am also talking to you here too
Hi guys. So a lot of you might think that yoga is not the macho thing to do. You’ve just been pumping iron for an hour and now you’re going to get down into Downward Dog in yoga pants? That’s not cool.
I honestly wish more guys did yoga. Not just because I’m single either. Yoga is still considered a slightly effeminate form of exercise, which is disappointing because yoga is excellent for everybody, male and female alike.
Also, guys tend to put more strain on their muscles during exercise. You’re trying to work those guns, right? But those muscles get sore and they need some help to relax. And that’s where yoga can be your best friend. So pump your iron, work your muscles, then use yoga to relax.
And besides, yoga girls, am I right, guys?
And that is why yoga is simply the best secondary or alternative exercise that you can possibly do. Yoga is a great compliment to any exercise combination. Now go on, let me see your Taraksvasana.
This guest post was written by Sammy Thornton. Sammy is a yoga teacher who loves to help beginners get into yoga. “I’ll be posting on The Daily Meditation often, I hope. So follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And remember to get into yoga guys. Come on. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Love y’all.”
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