You may not be aware of one of the biggest crazes that we have seen in the fitness industry in a long time and that is the hot workout.
A hot workout is a workout that is done in a very high temperature studio and consists of stretching and usually yoga. The idea for some people is that if they are doing this in a very warm environment then they will be sweating and should lose weight. I know that it seems like a good idea but the trouble with this strategy is that you are not losing from your workout raising your metabolism but instead you are just sweating from the heat.
Do not get me wrong. Yoga is a very good method of getting limber, stretching muscles and can lead to significant strength increases and also will help you lose weight. Bikram Yoga is designed to methodically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. This type of Yoga promotes the cleansing of the body but the fact that you are doing a hot workout in a hot room does not make it any better for losing in my opinion.
There are a few things that you should make sure of if you are going to try this kind of Bikram Yoga workout, please rmember these so that you make the most of your workouts:
Hot Workout Tips
Water – Water is very important. Your body is mostly water and the heat in the room is going to cause you to lose even more water so you want to be sure to be replenishing yourself.
Never on an empty stomach – The other thing that makes things tough is the energy that your body is looking for in the hot room. Doing the Yoga with all of the different moves and contortions in your body will make you light headed if you go in hungry. Of vourse this does not mean that you should eat a mela before you hot workout but instead you should try to get some fruit or vegetables in you before your workout. This will also give you extra water for your workout.
Any kind of workout that involves the concentration and stretching of a yoga workout is great for your body and your mind. These hot workouts are a great way to refocus yourself and make sure that you are more focused and on task afterwards and also allows you to practice the mindfulness, the focus on right now.
Try this hot workout style for yourself and see how well it works for you.