So you’ve been going to the gym more regularly than ever, and you’re finally starting to see the results you wanted. You’re starting to buff up, your muscles are more prominent than ever, and your belly fat is disappearing fast.
However, you’re still facing a few problems you’re not sure why.
After a long day at work, your back often hurts, and your joints ache sometimes. You often feel burned out and you lack energy. You also feel sluggish the day after a hard workout.
The reason could be that your body has lost flexibility even though it’s gotten stronger. Tight muscles often put a lot of stress on tendons and ligaments and can lead to restricted joint movement.
For better flexibility, maybe you should consider joining a Yoga Class.
Yoga and weight training provide plenty of overlapping benefits.
Yoga’s benefits include increased mobility and stress reduction. Weight training, on the other hand, will result in toned muscles and overall physique improvement, along with increased bone density.
Yoga is a very well-rounded approach to fitness. It is a form of functional fitness which moves your body in the ways it was intended to move. This helps in ensuring that your body keeps functioning properly. For example, in yoga, you use both large and small muscles and move in many directions (twisting, arching, etc.)
- Yoga makes your muscles stretch as it contracts, giving your muscles that sleek, elongated look while increasing flexibility in the joints.
- Regular yoga practice can reduce your risk of injuries and condition your body to perform better at things you do every day like walking, sitting, etc. No more back aches!
Here are a few yoga asanas you should try out to get your mobility back:
1. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)
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This is a very strong foundational pose which works on multiple muscle groups and joints simultaneously, making them more flexible and agile.
Your wrists are strengthened by the constant action of pushing the floor away from you. Your shoulders are opened up by the act of moving them away from the ears and sliding your shoulder blades down your back. Your spine is elongated by the hips being diagonally lifted towards the sky. The hamstrings and calves are elongated as the heels reach toward the floor
2. Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
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The Chakrasana is one of the best yoga exercises to stretch and mobilize the whole posterior part of your body, which is ideal for relieving back pain.
Carefully stacking your wrists under your shoulders, and your ankles under your hips, while constantly squeezing the thighs toward each other relieves the compression of your lower back and allows for it to stretch, and strengthen over time.
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3. Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
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Trikonasana is a hip-opening asana which works by stretching the hip flexors and strengthening the entire spine and legs. Having the legs straight and every muscle active relieves the tension from your lower body and allows the focus to be on your hips and back. The constant feeling of “growing” and “lifting” all the way to your head and neck creates space in between your vertebrae, strengthening all joints equally.
You should ideally complement your strength training with regular yoga as well. If you’re working out six times a week, try to strike a balance by doing yoga three times and lifting weights the other times. This is sure to bring your agility back and make you feel like a million bucks.
So how do you both weight training and yoga without signing up at different places and burning a big hole in your wallet?
Maybe you should try out the Fitato App. – One Fitato pass will give you access to both gyms and yoga studios across Pune along with a bunch of other activities like swimming, Zumba, etc. You will be free to choose your schedule and mix it up with different fitness activities any way you want. Just select a fitness activity, a date, a gym or a fitness studio near you and you’re good to go.