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I would like to know is it worth doing both Yoga and Bodybuilding on the same day regularly?

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Hi @Himanshu, what would be your own reasons for thinking that it can't be done on the same day? Because that seems exactly the thing an answer should be addressing! –  Ivo Flipse Nov 2 '11 at 8:55
    
Hi @Ivo,please see the edit summary I have tried to explain what I think.. –  Himanshu Prasad Nov 2 '11 at 18:06
    
To judge "worth" requires a goal, so this is a difficult question to answer right now. –  Kate Jan 11 '13 at 8:03
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Yes, yoga and bodybuilding can be done on the same day. Yoga is a specific form of low-intensity exercise and its benefits are thought to arise from the exercise component as well as stress reduction. Unless your bodybuilding session is so intense that you can barely move, I don't see why you shouldn't do Yoga. Since Yoga exercises are generally of low intensity, it won't have too much of an effect on your muscles or metabolism.

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Might stretching of muscles that have endured (sub)maximal contraction have any negative side-effects or would it simply mean you shouldn't push yourself during yoga? –  Ivo Flipse Nov 2 '11 at 13:49
    
Many bodybuilders stretch after their workouts, I've never heard anything about negative effects. –  M. Cypher Nov 2 '11 at 13:54
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From my understanding, it is best to partake in static stretching after your workout and seeing that Yoga (generally speaking) is pretty much static stretching there should be no harm.

Harm can come from doing static stretching before your workout, especially for lower-body exercises. It is recommended before workouts to do some dynamic stretching (lunges as opposed to holding a strech like bending over to touch your toes).

There has been some research on the matter. Check out this link: http://chrisfry.hubpages.com/hub/Stretching-Before-Sport

So in short, no, it is not a problem as long as you do your yoga after your bodybuilding workout!

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This is the correct answer provided when the OP says "yoga" they mean stretching and not something like Pilates. –  Grohlier Jan 10 '13 at 3:22
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Others have already covered the important ground of whether yoga can be paired with working out, but I'd make some suggestions on the ordering. Many people under-estimate the amount of "work" that can be involved in a number of yoga poses, particularly holds. I've found personally that specific muscles are often too weak for a robust well-rounded session of yoga after lifting weights.

I feel like I get the most out of both when I get my more vigorous yoga session in as a warm-up before lifting. You may also want to keep in mind that despite yoga's reputation it is perfectly possible to hurt yourself while attempting positions your body isn't in the proper shape to execute prop--and being too tired to maintain good form qualifies.

The answer probably depends on what sort of yoga, poses and duration you're practicing.

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Yes!! I have done cardio, weight training followed by Yoga in the same session. I must say it feels great to finish off the workout routine by Yoga stretches and I feel much rejuvenated afterwards. I basically do Surya Namaskar to finish the routine and it really helps to stretch the muscles and give some relaxation after strenuous workout.

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Absolutely! Yoga will stretch the muscles that have just worked (better do the body building part first) and body building will help build the muscles to hold the postures better in yoga!

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perhaps you can add some context to your answer, it us a bit short now. –  FredrikD Jan 4 '13 at 7:34
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I would say yes, take into account the following:

  • Some Yoga exercises can be dangerous if your form is bad due to you beeing exhausted (as mentioned earlier)
  • Depending on what how much Yoga you do, this can also be pretty exhausting and maybe your form will suffer if you do another workout later that day
  • It may take you body some time to get used to so much workout in one day

So give it a try, watch your form closely and don't give up to early if it seems to hard at first.

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