The Most Common Hatha Yoga Benefits

Hatha is often used as an umbrella term for a yoga class in most fitness studios and gyms. While Hatha technically translates to mean stubborn or forceful, Hatha yoga classes are often fairly gentle and very accessible to all fitness levels. Hatha yoga offers a number of health benefits that go beyond those produced by other forms of exercise, such as increased energy and improved fitness levels. When looking more specifically at the slower-paced form of Hatha yoga – compared to other, more vigorous practices – there are a number of key health benefits backed by substantial medical research. Hatha yoga benefits The primary Hatha yoga benefits include improved balance, improved core strength and enhanced flexibility. Improved balance Don’t discount the benefits of an improved sense of balance. Improving your balance will have an ongoing impact on both your everyday life as well as other training or exercise. Everything from high-intensity weight training moves like CrossFit or calisthenics, to helping you stay fit and mobile later on in life. A small study published by the …

A Runner’s Guide to Balancing Yoga with Running

Yoga and running may not seem like two types of exercise that go hand in hand. One is very energetic and a natural movement you’ve been doing since you were a child. The other is slow, purposeful and something you may not be familiar with. But there are a number of yoga benefits that can help runners improve their  speed, recovery and overall enjoyment. Whether you’ve been running for years or you’ve just taken it up, you’ll likely remember how sore you were after your first big run. You probably had tight hamstrings, sore leg muscles and stiffness in all sorts of places (massage, anyone?). 💆‍♀️ Adding in a regular yoga routine – either as a post-run stretch or as an alternative workout on rest days – will quickly help alleviate those aches and pains. You’ll be ready for your next run in no time! Why yoga is great for runners The benefits of yoga for runners include increased flexibility, increased mobility, reduced soreness, better core strength and improved balance. Even a short yoga routine …

Should You Be Washing Your Leggings After Every Workout Or Not?

We’ve all been there: You’re running late to work, realize you’re taking a class later that day, and quickly shove the closest pair of workout clothes—clean or not—into your bag. When you’re sweating through those lunges and burpees that night, you remember these were the same leggings you wore to power through last night’s HIIT session. Ew, right? Should you wash your leggings after every workout? Do they smell? Are other people noticing? Come to think of it, how often should I wash these things? And does it matter if I’m wearing them to a cardio class rather than a more relaxed hour of yoga? Jeans can handle a few wears before needing some suds, but I’m not sweating furiously in my jeans like I do in my leggings. Do your body (and your fellow workout partners) a favor and read up on how often you should really wash your leggings. Not to scare you, but there’s a lot the eye can’t see when it comes to what’s living in your workout clothes. Yes, um, living. …

Yoga for Sleep

Blame it on the full moon, restless leg syndrome or your Netflix addiction. Not being able to fall asleep or to sleep well is a drag. Here is a 7-pose yoga sequence that will put you in the mood to rest and restore the whole night through. Pose 1: Downward Facing DogFocus: Hug the muscles of the arms and and legs onto the bone. By engaging significantly in your limbs so that you are using up excess energy and your body and mind will be more willing to relax when you release the pose.Hold: for 1 minute Pose 2: Thread the NeedleFocus: Use your abdominal muscles to emphasize the twist. If you have threaded your right arm under, spin your belly to the left. Even if you can’t get your belly to turn, visualizing it twisting will increase the benefit of of the pose. This gentle twist will relieve your spine and send fresh blood flow to your organs.Hold: each side for 45 seconds Pose 3: Pigeon Pose Focus: Imagine your breath could move through your …

Here’s How to Know if You’re Too Sick to Work Out

Not feeling so well? But really want to go to class anyway? When everyday sniffles morph into sneezing, sore throat and congestion, should you continue to exercise or take a break from working out? Working out with a cold Cold symptoms usually appear after a few days after being exposed to the airborne virus. At that time you may experience: A mild cough, runny nose, cough, fatigue, achy muscles, sneezing, watery eyes and nasal congestion. Should you workout when sick? If you have a common cold with above the neck symptoms, it is fine to exercise. Keep in mind that your immune system is compromised and reduce the time and intensity of your workout. Take a walk instead of running or try a Pilates class instead of boot camp. Working out may help you feel better by opening up your nasal passages. Take a few days off if your symptoms are below the neck, i.e. chest congestion accompanied by a hacking cough, higher fever or an upset stomach. The break will not affect your performance, but be sure to …

5 Day Workout Routine

This 5-day workout routine is very helpful for people who are just getting started with cardio training and want to get fit and start a healthier lifestyle. This article will cover two different options for a 5-day workout routine: one more focused on cardio and one more focused on mobility and just staying active. Starting your fitness or health journey can be intimidating, but there are so many benefits that physical activity can bring into your life. These include: a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, reducing the chances you’ll suffer from diabetes and even keeping us youthful in appearance! One of the biggest hurdles to getting started with fitness is overhauling your lifestyle. Many people will go from zero to 100, instead of easing into it. Instead of setting yourself up for a routine you can’t stick to, try easing into it. You can make time for your new workout routine by doing the following things: setting reminders on your phone, scheduling in your workouts or reducing your screen time.  5 day workout plan …