Add Cardio Training to Your Yoga Routines
Yoga and Pilates are great ways to tone and strengthen your muscles, improve your posture, and mold a nice physique, but unfortunately these activities do not automatically shed away those extra pounds as well. To really burn calories, you need to add interval training to your Yoga and Pilates routines.
One way to do this is to start your daily routine with some cardio exercises in order to get your heart rate up. Then switch to your favourite Pilates movements or Yoga poses as you recover. When your heart rate is almost back to normal, go back to the cardio training. This is similar to interval training used by runners. First they run at a moderate pace and then do sprints for 30 seconds to a minute. It is the switching back and forth that gives you the benefits.
So add a few bursts of cardio interval training into your Yoga or Pilates sessions in order to help you burn fat faster. But only add these three days per week. On alternate days, stick to your regular Yoga or Pilates routines.
To burn fat more efficiently, you need to keep the body guessing as to what's coming next. So when you get used to the cardio routines, you can then add some quick sets of strength training to your intervals. The same old routine translates into the same old weight on the scales. So challenge yourself every once in awhile. Take it gradually, but change things up by adding some cardio and strength training into the mix. You'll feel wonderful and your body will reward you by casting off those nasty extra pounds.
What cardio activities should you add to your workout?
- Walk, march or run in a stationary spot. This is a simple way to control your pace; to add intensity, be sure to move your arms.
- Remember gym class? Jumping jacks require no extra equipment and are a fun way to increase your heart rate really quickly.
- Use a skipping rope. Athletes have used this great cardio exercise for as long as skipping ropes have been around.
- Try your favourite dance moves to increase your heart rate. This goes great with Yoga, especially Yogic dance.
- If you have a stationary bike, stop looking at it, and climb on board! (Regular bikes are great too, but it’s just not safe to stop, dismount and start doing Yoga or Pilates in the middle of the road!).
Exercise is meant to be fun and should make you feel great. Yoga and Pilates are wonderful activities to tone the body and mind, but they are considered passive exercise techniques. To really reap the health benefits, and help lose weight, add a good cardio interval workout to your Yogic and Pilates routines.
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