Why You Should Combine Yoga And Strength Training
Simply put: strength training takes a toll on your body. Although it is beneficial in many ways, it is also tough on your joints, creates microtears in your muscles, and requires a great deal of energy. Focusing solely on strength training will cause your muscles to tighten up over time, so it’s important to address flexibility to counteract the damage caused by strength training.
If you’ve only ever done yoga, the thought of starting a strength training routine can feel daunting. Yoga does help build muscle using your own body weight, however it comes with limitations. The only way to get significant, transformative results is to add in some heavier lifting to build muscle faster
and more effectively.
Just as yoga helps to offset some of the damage caused by strength training, building muscle can help alleviate some common ailments that affect those who regularly practice yoga such as muscular imbalances and shoulder pain.
Healing and restoring your body is just as important as building strength and muscle. While strength training helps to strengthen your bones and muscles, yoga improves your flexibility, range of motion, and strengthens your deep connective tissues. What one lacks, the other provides, which is what makes these forms of exercise such a dynamic duo.