Can Yoga Make You Stronger?
When most people (especially men) think of yoga, they think of girly exercises and boring stretches. Surely, this can’t make a person stronger, right?
I guess it depends how you define strength. Will you be able to life more weight in the gym if you start doing yoga? Most likely not.
However, yoga WILL increase your core strength, balance and flexibility — which are just (if not more) important than how much weight you can lift.
It’s important to have core strength no matter what your fitness goals are. Good core strength helps prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
Actually, yoga can indirectly increase your lifting strength. Often times, people are limited by their lack of flexibility. Being nice and limber can help you lift more weight by getting better form and more range of motion.
Think of yoga as foundational strength that is necessary for everyone. It’s more than just stretching. It’s a different kind of strength that is being used. You build better balance and stamina by practicing this.
Not to mention you feel like a million bucks afterwards! Although it’s difficult, it’s relaxing at the same time.
Some refer to yoga as the fountain of youth, and I agree. While I admit, I don’t do as often as I should, I believe that in the long run, yoga will be the reason why I stay healthy and strong.
Yoga is great for anyone since it’s such a low-impact and low-intensity activity. It’s also easy to notice your progression; you will notice yourself holding the positions longer the more you do it.
For starters, I suggest you buy a yoga mat and a yoga block (it helps you hold certain poses if you’re not that flexible yet).
There are varying levels of difficulty for yoga routines. You can do a simple youtube search to find a routine that fits you.
One last benefit of yoga that I’d like to mention is it helps relieve back pain and knee pain. Of course this happens over time and you need to be consistent with it.
So if you haven’t already done so, start doing some yoga! You won’t regret it, trust me.