“Stand up straight!”
How many times did you hear that from your Mom/ballet instructor/teacher/grandmother/drill sergeant? Can I share something with you? They’re right.
You look taller, thinner, and more confident when you stand up straight. Also, it’s good for you. Like vitamins.
I have noticed my yogi friends have some seriously terrible posture. Rounded shoulders, slouching backs, and forward head posture. What gives?
It has to do with where the resistance is coming from. In yoga, the only resistance you get is from pushing your body away from the ground. This means there’s only one direction of resistance for your body.
Yoga is so great but you must do something other than yoga in order to be a well-rounded, healthy athlete. Sorry, yogis. But this is true for EVERY sport! My first yoga instructor in college used to lift before she taught our class. She was in awesome shape.
Variety = healthy.
My husband says the Marines trained so they could work hard all day and all night (no burnout) so they did lots of different exercises. I subscribe to this method.
So, what’s a yogi to do?
- Hit the gym.
- Provide resistance in another range of motion.
- Lift heavier weights.
Grab a band or a cable pulley and PULL!
Do pull-ups! And, no, you don’t have to do a “full pull-up” to get the benefit. Grab the Smith Machine and PULL!
Hamstrings are especially ignored in yoga. Yes they’re stretched, put the resistance is never placed so that the hamstrings can contract fully. You know what that means, time for some curls!
If you think about what you’re doing, you should also bear in mind what you’re NOT doing. Then go do that.
Love to see my yogi friends at the gym! Send me a picture of you getting your sweat on outside of yoga class and I’ll feature it on the blog. Variety is the spice of life, people. Try something new and stay healthy.
Now go out and run!