Why you should do both weight training AND yoga
So commonly we find one area of exercise that we enjoy and we forget about anything else.
I know I’ve been there, where I have been on a yoga kick and was only doing yoga or have been super into weight training and was putting yoga to the side. But I’ll tell you, I have been consistently putting both together into my fitness routine and I have felt so much better overall!
Our bodies are meant to move so any form of exercise is going to be beneficial, but we really do need to work on both our strength AND our mobility.
Although vinyasa yoga most definitely builds strength, it does lack some benefits that weight training provides for you.
The human body is meant to be lifting, squatting, pushing, and pulling but in this modern day we tend to be mostly sedentary.
Weight training helps us to incorporate those motions into our lives. Weight training is also extremely beneficial for maintaining the health of our bones which is super important as we age.
I also feel that it is difficult to build strength and adequately work our back muscles and biceps without using weights.
In a vinyasa yoga practice, there are a lot of chaturangas, which work on the triceps and chest muscles but what is really working the lats and biceps? They may be working isometrically but nothing is really working these muscles through their full range.
So we talked about what yoga is missing but what is weight training missing?
Most of our weight training exercises are not taking our joints through their full range of motion.
For example, you’re not going to be doing any exercises with weights that take you through the motion you get when performing an upward dog.
Yoga puts the body in positions that we don’t normally do in everyday life. This helps us keep the flexibility in our muscles as well as helps to keep adequate joint mobility!
Now, you can have too much mobility in a joint called hypermobility, but we won’t go into detail on that here today.
Another great thing about yoga is the mental benefits it provides for us. Again, any exercise is going to be good for your mental state but yoga really goes deeper into that mind/body connection.
From personal experience, I would definitely feel great mentally with a good weight training session but I didn’t personally feel the long lasting benefits on my mind with this form of exercise but I do see this with yoga.
So to answer the original question, yes we should do both weight training and yoga in our fitness routines. Keep in mind, there are many forms of exercise out there that are beneficial. I know I didn’t mention it before but we should also be adding in some cardio (this is my least favorite form of exercise but it is important).
Bottom line, any exercise is great but these are things to keep in mind to make the most out of your fitness routine.
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