Yoga, Cardio, and Weights, Oh My
March 5, 2012 8:32 PM Subscribe
Cardio? Yoga? strength-training? Help set me straight.
posted by bearette to health & fitness (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have some questions about exercise. Currently I enjoy high-intensity aerobics, like Zumba/BodyJam/BodyCombat classes. I also started adding yoga to this, which I love. At this point I exercise about 6 times a week and am seeing results in the form of feeling and looking better. But I have some specific questions:
1. What counts as "strength training"? In my aerobic workouts I use my muscles a lot and my legs are much more toned than before; is that considered strength training (because my muscles are getting bigger/more toned...)? Is yoga considered strength training (what with supporting your body weight and what not)? Or do I specifically have to be lifting weights for it to be considered "strength training"? If so, what additional benefits would lifting weights give me? It sounds kind of boring to be honest.
2. Is there a minimum amount of cardio I am supposed to be getting per week? Which is "better", yoga or cardio? (by "better", I guess I mean better for overall fitness) Currently I do yoga 2x per week and cardio on the other days. Will there be a difference if I do yoga more or cardio less? (i.e. replace one with the other, not lessen the days I am working out.
I have read a lot of stuff about different kinds of exercise, recommendations, etc, and it seems contradictory at times. if it helps my goals include maintaining my weight.