Think of your workout as a meal. Your warm-up is your appetizer, the actual sweat session is your entree, and your cooldown is—wait… cooldown? “Most people skip stretching because they don’t think it’s important,” says John Porcari, Ph.D., an exercise and sports science professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. “But gradually returning your body to its natural resting state is the best way to prevent cardiovascular and muscular mishaps.”
So may we introduce to you: yoga for dessert. That’s right, yoga—the age-old practice of controlling your breath, opening up your body, and quieting your mind—has become the cherry on top for boxing, indoor cycling, and boot camp. Trace it back to a growing emphasis on the mind-body connection and an increasing interest in restorative and recovery-enhancing techniques. In fact, instructors at buzzy niche studios (like NYC’s Box + Flow and Studio 360) and big-name gyms (including Crunch) are replacing the standard quad-stretch-shoulder-roll quickie with 10 to 20 minutes of slow-flowing poses.
Smart thinking, since research shows that a single bout of yoga can reduce post-workout muscle soreness, thanks to improved flexibility. “Yoga gives your muscles a chance to relax and lengthen after they’ve been contracting throughout your workout, which should help you maintain range of motion even after intense exercise,” explains Porcari. “It also helps lower your heart rate, so you can enter recovery mode faster.” In other words, you’ll be in better shape to max out your next workout, whatever it may be…Read Full Article…
Original Article: Do This 10-Minute Yoga Routine After Every Workout To Get Crazy Flexible
By: MARISSA GAINSBURG