So I’ve started pilates and yoga, as they have classes at the gym and I can attend at no extra expense. I guess my question is what are benefits? And, are they beneficial enough to add to my regular routine, maybe even replacing some of my cardio?
Normally my workout routine consists of 2 days in a row at the gym, then one to rest, and then two more at the gym. Meaning I go 4-5 days a week. This usually consists of 20mins on the cross trainer, 20mins on the exercise bike, and 20mins on the treadmill with intervals of running (2-3mins for every 5mins). When I started I managed to do a total distance of 10kms and around 500 calories. Now, about 2 months since I began, I am making around 17kms easily and 800+ calories in the same time, including climbing 2-3 levels on the cross trainer and bike.
On my days off I try to do a 10mins ab workout app on my ipad, and a leg and arm one too, equating to 30mins. But, I was thinking of pulling out my Malibu pilates chair from the garage and trying that at home.
From my own research I understand that pilates is about strengthening and gaining muscle, while yoga is about relaxation and stretching. Both low impact, which is good for my knees. So I’m wondering if I should try and do a cardio before hand, or alternate cardio and yoga/pilates days? If anyone reads this who has an opinion please feel free to leave me a comment, I’d love some input to try and get the most out of my workout days.