Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Combining Yoga, Pilates and Cardio
While the basics of yoga come from India and the far East it has been adapted to the American style. I don't find this to be a problem at all as this is the way fitness is enhance. Pilates has been mixed into Yoga with solid results. Others are debatable and seem a little quaky.
Yoga is a good base and when you add in body resistance, modified moves and even a little cardio you can build a fairly solid workout. You are meeting stretch, cardio, and weight training in all the same exercise.
There is an additional benefit to raising your heart rate in every 5 minutes as the competitive cycling up and down of the heart strengthens it like a sprint. The greatest health benefits come from speeding up, slowing down, and speeding up again in interval training. This can be integrated into a yoga routine in a way that also helps heat up muscles for a better stretch and rest.