A Cross-Training Secret

You can’t kickbox every day.  So what’s the ideal secondary workout to stay in shape and complement Jay’s Kickboxing?

The traditional answer is running. But there is a better exercise – yoga.  Yoga doesn’t just burn calories and raise your fitness level like running; it also builds flexibility, balance, and strength, all critical for a kickboxer.  In fact, Jay’s kickboxing classes include a number of yoga techniques like planks.

The article Is Yoga All the Exercise You Need? shares the research and benefits.  Here is an excerpt.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing published a comparative analysis of 81 studies that examined yoga’s health benefits and the health benefits of aerobic exercise. The researchers found yoga to be especially effective at reducing stress. This may not be news to those who practice yoga, but even die-hard enthusiasts will be surprised at the number of other health benefits yoga can confer—often to a larger degree than aerobic exercise. The researchers found that yoga outperformed aerobic exercise at improving balance, flexibility, strength, pain levels among seniors, menopausal symptoms, daily energy level, and social and occupation functioning, among other health parameters.

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  1. […] active.  We recommend yoga if you have an hour and squat thrusts if you just have 10 minutes.  Pursue activities you enjoy, […]

  2. […] wrote about yoga as a superior workout in A Cross-Training Secret. You can’t kickbox every day.  So what’s the ideal secondary workout to stay in shape and […]


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