5 Reasons You Should Incorporate Yoga into Your Training

You may think that yoga and strength training are two completely different workouts, and you wouldn't be wrong. However, yoga can help you reach your fitness goals and supplement other forms of training by improving balance, flexibility, and mental clarity.

Check out all the reasons why you should incorporate yoga into your training here:

1. Yoga can prevent injuries

Over time, tight hips and hamstrings can lead to poor posture, back pain, and other serious injuries. Regular yoga practice can help improve flexibility and prevent injuries by lengthening and stretching your muscles.

Strength training, including bodyweight workouts like yoga, bolsters your bones and can even help ward off osteoporosis. In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice dramatically increased bone density in the spine. So, get into downward dog -- your future self will thank you.

2. Yoga builds endurance

Yoga lowers a stress hormone called cortisol and brings down your resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving your oxygen uptake during exercise. Translation? Do yoga regularly and you won't feel as winded during your morning run.

3. Yoga could help you lose weight

Do you reach for the cookies or chips when you're stressed? Scientists say that a spike in cortisol can lead to food-seeking behavior when we're not really hungry. Your body then takes those excess calories and turns them into fat, which can cause weight gain and increase your odds for disease. If you have a stressful job or home life, yoga can definitely help. Not only will you be burning extra calories through exercise, but the spiritual and emotional elements may help you to de-stress and become a more conscious eater.

Yoga is also a tremendous workout that can help you tone up, lose weight, and build lean muscle. Some forms of yoga, like Ashtanga, are even great options for cardio!

4. Yoga improves balance

Regular yoga practice will help you become more aware of your body and improve your balance. Better balance means less risk of injury and improved performance in other types of training. 

5. Yoga will help you relax

Do you ever find yourself slumped over your computer, scrunching your face at your screen? Over time, these habits can lead to tension, muscle fatigue, and joint pain. Yoga practice will help you discern where you hold tension, and regular practice will help you relax those areas.


Sources: Yoga Journal