Bikram Yoga Classes that Make You Sweat

A Guide to Bikram Yoga Classes and Gear for Monterey

Category: Benefits of Bikram

Cardio and Yoga

Cardio

Sometimes, it is gross how some people simply say, “this exercise burns muscle” or “if you exercise on an empty stomach your body is forced to burn fat”. They really don’t know a thing about cardio, let me cut the bull out of it and tell you what.

Cardio is short for cardiovascular exercise, which encompasses any exercise that benefits the heart. This was used mainly to refer to aerobic training but research suggests that weight lifting also benefits the heart so it’s not isolated in those colorful dances anymore of bygone years. To put is simply, Cardiovascular exercise means that you’re involved in an activity that raises your heart rate to a level where you’re working, but can still manage to talk.

The reason why cardio is so important is because it’s one way to burn calories and help you lose weight as wells. At the same time, it makes your heart strong as well as increases your lung capacity. In line with this, you are bale to reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes and it will also make you feel good. On the side, this type of exercise will help you sleep better and reduce stress, and so on, I could go on all day.

Aerobic Exercise

Now, let me go to technicalities here. An Aerobic exercise is any sustainable activity that utilizes oxygen and thus the burning of fat. Now, this definition is a little ambiguous because you can have weight training which more aerobic especially when people aren’t using a heavy load but have longer sets that actually use more oxygen.

To contrast it with cardio, think just think about the rests in between and any activity can be potentially one. If your heart rate is allowed to lower between the intervals followed by maximum output then you are more in the anaerobic range. However, if you are only doing intervals but the heart does not really drop substantially then you are going to be in more of a cardio range. Clear?

In a nutshell, anything lasting just a few seconds is going to be primarily anaerobic which includes maximal bouts of output and active rest between repetitions with actual rest between the sets. Examples of this are 50 yard-dash, weight lifting, Olympic lifting, and power-lifting. Meanwhile, anything lasting a few minutes is primarily the glycolytic system where there are prolonged bouts such as Basketball and Soccer. Now, anything beyond that first few minutes and you are in the aerobic zone.

Outside Exercise

This would include longer runs, rowing, and hiking. Its all about how your heart rate drops somewhat but doesn’t drop a lot and is still elevated in its output so that oxygen must fuel the process.Bottom line is, when it comes to cardio exercise, anything that gets your heart rate up minus long rests, fits the description. It’s not really what you do, but how hard you work cause any exercise can be challenging if you make it.

So while you’re at it, do something you enjoy where you can see yourself doing at least 3 days a week. Also, be flexible and don’t do the same thing all the time because it’s boring. More importantly, really make the time for it for people who workout don’t have more time than people who don’t, they’re just better at it. If you have to, pay someone to make you exercise, like a good personal trainer to take care of all the stuff on motivation, goal-reaching, etc.

If you are compressed for time, do high intensity which will burn more calories in a shorter period of time and will also continue to burn calories afterwards. On the other hand, this high impact and places more stress on your joints and musculature than moderate cardio so just be careful.

How to Get More Energy: Boost Your Energy With These 4 Simple Steps

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to have a full and busy schedule from morning til night.

Most people have a hard time doing all the things they have to do in a day. They typically wish a day lasts for 36 instead of 24 hours. Some of them get through the entire to-do list to find themselves extremely tired and run down at the end of it.

But then there are some whose lack of energy begins before they even start doing their tasks for the day. Most wake up feeling lethargic even when they’ve had 8 or more hours of sleep.

This leads to problems with productivity, even when they force themselves to work, they end up becoming more tired. This also tends to take a toll on family and social life, as these tend to be neglected.

There are some things that can increase energy, these include certain lifestyle changes and help from supplements and vitamins.

How to Boost Energy Levels

1) Enough Rest

Getting the proper amount of sleep is important in maintaining a high energy level throughout the day. Daily chores and work load takes its toll on the mind and body, and getting fitful sleep helps restore depleted.

However, several people have difficulty getting to bed. One of the leading causes of insomnia is stress; if the mind and body are tired, it’s still hard to let go of problems and relax. A bedtime routine can help curb this. Creating a relaxing bedroom environment and avoiding stimulants before bedtime also helps.

2) Diet and Exercise

Certain foods tend to deplete energy more than others. It is not a secret that heavy meals make the body more sluggish.

Carbohydrates are one famous culprit. Athletes tend to carbo-load before big games so that they have a huge burst of energy. However, if the carbohydrates don’t get burned right away with frenetic activity, they tend to make people sleepy.

Choosing junk foods is another way to sabotage energy levels. These have no real nutrients, and are unable to fuel the body for long. Eating a well-balanced diet with fruits and vegetables will bring a marked improvement.

Exercising also leads to having more energy. Proper exercise increases heart rate, improves blood flow, and boosts endorphin production. This makes you more alert and more ready for action. Working out often results in a clearer mind and an overall feeling of well being.

3) Weight Loss

Low activity level leads to weight gain, which contributes to low energy levels.

It is often hard for obese or overweight people to lose weight, because their bodies are already used to not burning calories. This is ironic because the best way to lose weight is by increasing metabolism with activity while limiting food intake to healthy alternatives.

Natural weight-loss products such as Guarana Blast can help. Made of Guarana fruit from Brazil, this product increases energy and suppresses the appetite. It also removes toxins to improve circulation and digestion.

Since the product helps people lose weight faster and easier, it gives extra confidence. This helps motivate dieters to lose more weight in the long run.

4) Supplements

Several supplements and over-the-counter drugs are marketed to improve energy levels. These can help improve energy, but some may have harmful side effects. Some may even have ingredients such as ephedrine, which can be used to create metamphetamines.

Conclusion

While these can increase awareness, they typically have a natural “crash”, wherein the energy level suddenly drops. People taking this can also build up immunity, such that they require larger doses to get the desired effect. Caffeine also has a similar effect.

There are natural products that can give an energy boost without side effects. Cylapril is made from Acai Berries. It helps revitalize the body’s Adrenal system. It cleans and removes toxins and increases the production of adrenaline, a naturally-produced hormone that increases energy.

Lack of energy can also be a symptom of an underlying medical problem. If you have explored every avenue without success, the problem could lie deeper. Diabetes is one illness that leaves people tired. It is recommended to consult a doctor regarding unexplained low energy levels.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

The postures in the series work synergistically and cumulatively to align and balance the body. Bikram yoga builds energy, stamina, and finesse.

Postures gently stretch, squeeze and massage the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system, and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems. Out of balance hormones and enzymes get released or inhibited as necessary. (The body is self-regulating and self-adjusting. It knows what and how much it needs.)

Heart Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Cholesterol in the blood gets regulated, and also gets blasted out of the arteries and veins; oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that have been in “cold storage”; toxins are eliminated; the central nervous system is both energized and soothed.

The lymphatic nervous system is also flushed out and the immune system is boosted. Sexual vitality and fertility are improved.

The internal organs and endocrine glands are brought back into balance and peak efficiency. The body’s nerve channels and energy meridians are reopened and strengthened.

Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. The joints are opened and lubricated. The muscles are strengthened, toned, and made more flexible.

Deep stretching helps pregnant women lose weight by reorganizing cells’ lipids and proteins, so that calories can be more effectively burned. This reorganization on the cellular level helps the body to operate at peak efficiency, which also leads to greater energy.

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Choose from the peninsula’s best selection of yoga lifestyle clothing – Lulu-lemon, Prana, Shakti, Breathe, Karma, Belisama, and more. We carry sizes XS through XL. Or choose a new mat, yoga bag, or Yogi-toes. 

The Boutique is open 7 days a week 30 minutes before and after each class, or by appointment. See our class schedule here

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