Yoga offers plenty of health benefits. It can help you become fitter, leaner, more flexible and have a better outlook on life. Of course, attending regular sessions can tone your muscles, increase your mobility, improve your balance, and condition your body. However, adding a little extra activity outside of the yoga mat can also have many benefits.
Below are the best forms of exercise to supplement your regular yoga classes for improved health and fitness.
Cardio workouts are essential in keeping your heart and lungs in top shape and is a major component of a healthy lifestyle. The recommended cardio workouts include brisk walking, cycling, running, and water aerobics class. Household chores like lawn mowing and general cleaning even count, as long as they raise your heart rate so if you’re going to clean, clean with fury!
You can make your cardio workouts more exciting by doing it with friends, and the best part? Thirty minutes of cardio activity is beneficial, so long as it is at the right intensity.
Slack Lining and Tight roping
Slacklining or tight roping is not a common form of exercise however it is a terrific addition to your regular yoga sessions. Whereas yoga is typically a calm, slow, and centered activity, slacklining requires some degree of ferocity and energy. Like yoga, slacklining also needs to be continued focus to stay on track and has a range of cool benefits for health.
Rock climbing is another complementary exercise. If you have never climbed before, this activity can feel a bit strange for the first time. You will need to use your dexterity and agility, as well as balance and strength (all perfect for yoga!). Rock climbing works for almost all your muscle groups, so it is fantastic for an all-over-body workout. Rock climbing will test your focus on the present moment, something that a lot of people seek in meditation.
Interval training is a short, but effective way to torch calories. It requires you to complete a set of different workouts within a short time. The idea is to continuously transition from high intensity to the recovery phase and repeat. This workout can be as short as 20 minutes, and as long as 45 minutes. It supplements your yoga practice because it helps improve your balance, synchronization, versatility and of course, your fitness.
Yoga exercises require you to hold your body weight. Incorporating strength training into your yoga practice will allow you to improve your muscular endurance. It can also help you stay in your yoga positions longer. Using resistance bands is a great way to exercise from home, but of course, regular dumbbells and weights will also enable you to focus on each muscle group.
Doing strength training regularly will offer maximum benefits by promoting muscular balance, helping you prevent any injuries due to imbalance.
Bootcamp is a type of exercise that challenges every muscle in your body. Like interval training, boot camps typically provide you with minimal rest in between exercises, so it’s a great high-intensity workout.
The minimal rest allows you to burn hundreds of calories in a short period. This activity provides a long-lasting post-workout burn that many people long for. Your yoga sessions may well serve as your recovery and cool down after an excellent boot camp training!
Most people believe that rowing is all about the arms and back. However, the pulling movements will also require you to use your legs. A high-intensity rowing session can give you a higher level of fat burn and muscle toning, particularly on your upper body.
Another benefit of rowing is that given its low-impact nature, you can help your body recover from this tough workout during your yoga classes. You will eventually be able to hold positions that recruit more upper body muscles in your future yoga sessions as a result of consistent rowing.
Yoga is a brilliant form of exercise for all of the health and wellness benefits it provides. Having read through some of the options above, you’re now in a position to consider adding some complimentary exercises to your usual routine. Funnily enough, yoga and meditation also have a positive impact on other forms of exercise, so mixing up your exercise routine is a complete win-win scenario!
Ramsay Nassa is an Australian fitness professional and owner of two fitness studios in Melbourne, Australia. Ramsay manages the edotorial team at HealthyTop10s.com, a blog dedicated to bringing you the top 10s of all things healthy!