Mixing yoga into a guy’s workout regime has its benefits.
While yoga has gained popularity in recent years, the number of men practicing yoga and incorporating it into their regular fitness regime has room to grow. Many guys have a misconception that yoga is simply stretching and meditation. And yes, those are two benefits of practicing on the mat, but yoga can enrich one’s work in the gym and life beyond the weight floor.
Years of heavy lifting can leave your body tight, out of alignment and damaged. Yoga can help to reverse and repair, but also compliment the hours in the gym with positive physical and mental results. Loose joints and flexibility help prevent athletic injuries and promotes faster healing when injuries occur.
“Men tend to be tighter in the shoulders, hamstrings and back,” said Maria “Puma” Reyes, owner of Puma Yoga in Lakewood, OH. “Yoga can help stretch those muscles in areas men habitually overuse and are weak.”
Puma also points out additional benefits of spending time on the mat including improved balance and enhanced athletic performance by strengthening and stretching the muscles.
Still not sure work on the mat is worth it?
More than 3.5 million men (including athletes such as LeBron James and Tony Parish) can attest to the benefits it brings:
- Increased flexibility and range of motion. Yoga stretches out the muscles and strengthen joints and ligament tissues
- Stress and anxiety reduction by incorporating breathing techniques that are calming and focus the mind.
- Increased core strength. Yoga builds abdominals and tightens the core.
- Detoxify your body. Yoga and stretching help cleanse the body of toxins and waste materials built up in the cells. Yoga helps pull out this material and increases blood flow to areas of the body. Drink plenty of water afterward to help the body flush out the toxins removed.
Many gyms are now offering yoga classes geared toward men and beginners. The benefits of practicing yoga out weigh any hesitation or fear guys may have. It’s a form of exercise that will keep you going and in the gym for years to come.