Back from vacation. Lots of cardio, weight training, hiking and healthy eating. It was good to get things back in check a bit. The week off did make me realize that I need to supplement my Bikram workout with some other forms of exercise as well. Of course, the challenge is how to fit that all in given the length of the workout. I believe the 90 minutes is a great overall workout, however, I saw both decline in strength and stamina from the days I went to the gym more. Since I in particular need to lose weight, I really need to focus on cardio as a priority. So I’m going to try to add at least 2 cardio workouts a week into my routine. Unsure how exactly, but stayed tuned. Tuesday am is my first Bikram class in 10 days, so that should be a challenge. I also have a Wed pm class already booked.
Prior to starting Bikram yoga, I was doing mostly cardio (treadmill, stairmaster, elliptical) at the gym plus some classes (Cardio Kickboxing, etc.). I mixed in a bit of weight training as well. Since I’ve started yoga, these alternate workouts have practically dropped to zero. I am still maintaining my gym membership, although unsure why.
I went to the gym on a lark and was shocked to see how much my cardio had declined. Not that I expected yoga to make me a marathon runner, but given how much endurance it takes… well, it may give me endurance but my treadmill level and stepper levels dropped considerably. Not a shock, just disappointing. Given my weight is not really budging, I also thought maybe cardio could be a good addition to yoga…
It made me wonder what is the ideal mix staying in shape? I’m pushing myself to go to yoga class as a priority and the 2-3 days I don’t, I’m generally not doing any working out. It’s also hard to imagine given how long a Bikram class is and how much effort it takes that I would go to the gym on the same day. Not the least in all of this is time. I have a high pressure job, family obligations, etc. A yoga class already takes about 2.5 hours of my time, between getting there, home, showering, etc.
As a birthday gift to my husband, I got him a week at a workout resort in upstate NY. (Yes, that’s what he considers a good time). It was 2 for 1, so that will be our vacation in April. I think I’ll need to start adding cardio into my week so that I can keep up there as I know most of the classes will not be yoga. Hard to know how to prioritize since I really want to build up my yoga practice.
What’s your ideal workout combinations?