Yoga + Weight Lifting, Do they give better results when combined?
We always talk about hitting the gym to build that muscles and lose the fat from our body. But today after reading this post, you might reconsider your idea of muscle building and retake a look at all that yoga has in stores for you. To some, yoga may appear to be nothing but body stretches on the mat and some breathing techniques that can help the body and mind to stabilize but this physical practice, when done regularly and properly, might actually be the best for stronger body and mind.
Weight lifting and heavy workout have their own benefits, but we can’t deny the benefits of yoga as well. We all have that impression that we need the heavy gym equipment to build our muscles to their maximum potential but learning to lift and balance our own body through various yoga poses can be just as efficient at shaping those muscles as those deadlifts and barbell squats.
With yoga you can actually minimize your risk of getting injured during your weight lifting, bicep curls or leg raises that you have planned to do in the gym, and it also helps you perform your daily tasks like walking, sitting, twisting, and lifting in a better way.
Still not convinced? Of course, we all think that the two wouldn’t go together. But actually, they not only go together but even absolutely complement each other. Here we have discussed five benefits of combining yoga and weight-lifting:
- Strength and flexibility
Yoga is great for building natural strength, but if you are looking to put on muscle in less time, strength training is the way to go. When you practice yoga poses like Bakasana and Sirsasana, it improves your body strength and inner strength at the same time. And if you are looking to lose weight, yoga is one of the best ways to tone your muscles and develop flexibility. You can combine cardio and weight-lifting in the gym if you are doing both.
- Explosiveness and endurance
Doing yoga and weight training together is useful in keeping up a balance between fast-twitch muscle fibers and slow-twitch muscle fibers. If you are doing full-body lifts at the gym as you are supposed to, you activate your fast-twitch muscle fibers. These muscle fibers help you develop power and speed. And if you are doing the movements slowly and holding poses for a while in yoga as you are supposed to, you activate slow-twitch muscle fibers, and these muscle fibers build stamina.
- Controlled aggression and relaxation
When you go for weight training, you need to get mentally prepared before every workout. This is because you’re lifting heavier weights each time, which helps in developing controlled aggression. In yoga too, even when you are doing tough yoga poses, you feel completely relaxed at the end, thus helping you get rid of stress.
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- Workout of the mind, body, and soul
Now here I am going to talk about yoga only as this is the best known physical activity that makes you feel calm and peaceful after every session. Yoga not only heals your body but it nourishes the mind and helps you listen to your body and soul. If you do yoga in the morning, you won’t feel tired and sleepy all day; it also boosts your self-confidence.
- Better muscle shape
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Again, as we all know this that weight training builds more visually satisfying muscles. Yoga alone was good back in the days when people used to work very hard physically. But these days when you have to sit in the chair the whole day and have no physical work to do, it is crucial that we all do some strength training and cardio like walking and cycling along with yoga. Strength training boosts your metabolism, and a good metabolism is the key to weight loss, increased bone density, and joint flexibility.
It is always good to do one thing at a time, but if you are not able to decide what to prefer, we suggest you experiment and combine the two. Don’t just push your body and rush onto doing them together. Start one at a time and gradually introduce the other into your workout routine and see how your body reacts to it. And as every person has a different body type, goal, recovery time, etc. if both things do not seem to be working for you, stop doing them together.