How to develop a well-rounded routine.
Probably the most common question I get asked is “what is your fitness routine?” or “do you do anything else aside from yoga?” The answer is in this infographic. And I think it’s essential for EVERYONE, regardless of your goals, to incorporate something from each of the 4 categories on a regular basis.
Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, increase strength, or just maintain a healthy body that is less susceptible to injury, resistance training is a must! Doesn’t matter if you are male or female, 18 or 80, resistance training is right for you. What type of resistance training you do is completely up to you and depends a lot on personal choice and your goals. Try to incorporate some form of this training at least 2x per week. For me, 3 to 4 times is ideal.
Cardiovascular training has a rep for being important only for fat loss. While it definitely can assist in fat loss, cardio training should be thought of as essential for the health of your heart. Cardio makes day to day things like taking the stairs or running for the bus easier and less taxing on the lungs and heart! Go for a brisk walk, run, hop on the elliptical, whatever! Just get your heart rate up for about 30-mins 5 times a week.
Flexibility and mobility training is something that most people know they should do, but it’s also the first thing to get cut from a routine when they’re short on time. We should incorporate stretching and mobility after each resistance training session, and ideally, every day! How about a 5-min routine first thing in the morning and last thing before bed? Takes very little time, but can do wonders for your posture, pain management, and reducing injuries from everyday movements.
Lastly, we all need to make active relaxation part of our routine. What do I mean by active? Well, essentially it isn’t “just doing nothing.” We have to schedule self-care time to help rid our lives of stress, even if it’s just 5-mins of conscious breathing. How often? Every. Single. Day.