There’s more to fitness than just hitting the gym each day and packing on muscle. Think about it, what’s the point of building up your body if you can‘t move around freely to properly enjoy it?
Let’s say you go to the lake with your friends and there’s a rope swing that everyone is enjoying, but your shoulders restrict your movement and you can’t get your arms fully above your head to hold onto the rope. Or, you have to do some climbing to be able to jump off a cliff into the water but your tight hamstrings limit your ability to lift your knee high enough to get up some of the steeper parts.
This sounds like an awful way to enjoy the body that you’ve worked so hard to achieve!
So, I’ve got a simple tip for you to solve this problem — and this may sound a little off, but stick with me on this one, I know from personal experience that it works. Are you ready?
That’s right, yoga — And it’s not just for ladies so get that out of your head!
Yoga is ideal for burning fat while developing and maintaining lean muscle. It’s a low impact type of cardio which gets your heart rate up, makes you sweat and is ideal for targeting specific areas that either need more attention or rehab due to an injury.
Also, yoga will increase your range of motion, balance and coordination — All very important when you’re in the gym and even better for when that impromptu game of touch football breaks out!
And most importantly, it’s the best way to get your stretching in. A lot of you guys miss or just plain skip out on your stretching, but if you incorporate a dynamic yoga routine into your weekly or even daily schedule, you’ll soon be amazed at what your body is capable of.
Alright, so what’s the best way to get started?
Well, it depends on your comfort level and what type of environment you prefer. Yoga, like weight training, can be a very personal practice so you can choose to either find a yoga studio near you, find a local interest group in your area that meets up to practice yoga or get videos that you can do in your home. As your flexibility and strength within the poses improve your preferences may change as how you choose to practice. Just as if your weight training may have began at home then moved to a gym as your needs and confidence increased.
So here are some amazing fat-burning poses that are perfect for all levels — Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran ‘yogi’ — Give these a try and see for yourself how quickly the changes happen in your body.
1) Plank with Arm-Leg Lift: From down dog, roll out into plank with your shoulders and wrists lined up, lengthening from the crown of your head through your heels. Reach your right arm forward and lift your left foot off the ground. Take three deep breaths here, then repeat with your left arm and right foot. Do 5 to 10 reps on each side.
2) High Lunge Twist Repetitions: From high lunge with your right foot forward, inhale to straighten your legs and lift your arms high. On your exhale, come back down to high lunge, reaching your left arm forward and your right arm back. Inhale back to center. Do 10 to 20 reps, then repeat on the opposite side.
3) Revolved Half Moon: From a supported warrior three with your right leg on the ground and your left fingertips on the ground or a block, lift your right arm toward the ceiling and look up at your fingertips. Stay here for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the left side.
4) Chair: From standing, sink your hips and reach your arms high. Look in front of your knees and make sure you can see your toes. If you can’t, sit back until you can. Take care to drop your shoulders away from your ears—maybe even try turning the corners of your mouth up—and breath for 5 long, deep breaths.
And, if you’d like more information on this along with a couple more beneficial stretches, check out my boy Jonny in this video:
Now you know how I’m able to move so well, push myself further in the gym AND prevent injuries! I’m also the creator of Afterburn Fuel – Check it out to max your motivation!