So, you already have a workout routine that is working well for you. You are getting in your cardio and your weight training. The problem is, you still have some flexibility issues and you need something to give you an option for muscles and strength training. One way to do that is to add yoga and pilates to your workout routine. If you aren't sure this will work for you, consider these benefits.
One of the main benefits of adding yoga and pilates to your workout routine is to work on leaner muscle. If you are already doing weight lifting or weight training, you may notice that your muscles are building. This is great, but you may want them to be leaner offering more flexibility to you in your day and in your workouts overall. Yoga and Pilates can give you that easily and is one of the main reasons that people do add it to their workout plan.
You may think that stretching goes hand in hand with leaner muscle. It does and it doesn't. Stretching has additional benefits such as better circulation. It also helps cut down on inflammation from other workouts. In addition, the stretching portions of yoga and pilates are instrumental in improved posture. You can also find that your range of motion gets better when you add the stretching of yoga and pilates to your current workout routine.
Yoga provides you with the ability to have increased body awareness. This increased body awareness lets you notice if you have strains in parts of your body you would not have normally noticed. You can also notice if you have increased inflammation in areas or if you just simply are having pain that you should not have. Body awareness is an ideal reason to add yoga and pilates to your workout plan and routine.
Yoga and pilates also brings in mediation to your daily workout and workout plan. This can help you handle stress easily and help you work through problems and issues that you normally would not think of during your normal workout. Overall, this can be a huge benefit if you are overly stressed and concerned about your stress levels during your day.
By keeping these benefits in mind, you can begin to look through the large number of yoga and pilates styles to find the ones that work best for you and your lifestyle. Remember, there are many styles like Barre that combine yoga and pilates to maximize your time and efforts.
I am personally using my Peloton app to add yoga into my life! I know, I am embarrassed to say that I have not really done this on a consistent enough basis to even really call myself a beginner yet! But it's ok, I am incorporating into my life now. The more I learn about hormonal balances and imbalances the more I realize that overdoing it all of the time in your exercise routines will NOT help balance your body in fact it might be causing more imbalance. So, adding something like yoga, pilates and meditation in will most certainly help you find balance in your body easier than if you just push hard all the time!
Trust me, I am one to really push during my workouts so changing my mindset around this isn't easy, I get it. But if you want to live a more balanced life try adding this in. It has been so peaceful for me already, I know you can find more peace too!
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