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Brawny weight-lifting types may scoff at this zen workout, but yogis swear by it— and they’re not the only ones. Experts recommend yoga to improve flexibility, which may also reduce risk of injury during other types of exercise and alleviate soreness. Plus, yoga can help relieve stress and anxiety.

But that’s not all. Yoga poses can also serve as strength-training (ever notice how plank and chair poses feel a whole lot like push-ups and squats?). And while yoga can also improve all-around fitness, it can’t compete with more aerobically demanding workouts like high-intensity aerobic training. The reality is, no one workout has everything, so a varied regimen is typically the best way to go.

The Takeaway: Work yoga into your weekly routine to improve flexibility and relaxation while also adding light strength-training.

Balancing Act

Finding balance in your daily life is just as important as balance in your workout regimen. J.C. Deen dropped in with a blog post enlightening us on how busy entrepreneurs make eating right and working out priorities.

Fun Fact:

“Yoga” comes from the Hindi word meaning “yoking” or “union” (as in the union of mind and body). We can say “Om” to that!