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Can I just do Cardio?

Is it bad to just do cardio?

Sweating profusely on machines will give you results but it is not likely to provide everything that you are searching for when it comes to a lean and tone body! That is why your fitness program should include strength training and flexibility as well! That is why Mode 8 yoga and Fitness is such a great find.

Cardio exercise is essential to heart health! It burns calories and fat, reduces blood pressure cholesterol and blood sugar. Especially as we age, enough can’t be said about building total-body strength and fitness.

“However, routine strength training has proven to do more than just add definition. A Boston University study found that endurance training (such as running), when paired with weightlifting, reduced body fat and improved metabolic parameters like insulin resistance.

Further benefits include increased bone density, reduced risk of osteoporosis, improved balance, and reduced risk of chronic illness, increased bone, muscle, and tissue strength, decreased risk of injury and an easier ability to maintain healthy body weight”. (

What is Strength Training?

There is one thing you can count on, strength training is opposite of cardio. Many people think of the gym and the weight room with dumbbells and complicated machines. At Mode 8 Yoga and Fitness we include kettle bells, resistance bands and, your bodyweight. We have put together a program that is a total body / functional fitness program, that is sure to scientifically get you to your best body yet.

“Bodyweight exercises are valuable for a strength-training regimen for their effect on the muscles, but also their convenience. You can do classics such as push-ups, sit-ups, lunges and squats anywhere you have space, like your bedroom or living room, the park or a hotel. Yoga absolutely counts, and it comes with the added benefit of improving flexibility.” (

It all looks easy enough, but with the Mode 8 Peace Pass it is worth paying for, and well worth the investment! With our guidance, you’ll understand proper form and function for the free weights to avoid injury and optimize time through the workouts. Beginners should start slow and easy, focusing on quality of the movements as opposed to quantity. It is best to get in a 30 minute work out and build your way up to a one our session. At Mode 8 you do not have to choose between working out, and compromising time. You can get in a 30 minute work out that involves functional fitness routines, so that you can maximize your time in the workout zone and get back to your life.

What about Flexibility?

“Flexibility may be as underrated as strength training, but is a key component in the total body package. Improved flexibility is responsible for improving ease of movement and range of motion, reduced stress on joints, and reduced risk of injury.” (

We believe your workouts should be just as balanced as life. For example see the plan below. And please, don’t think of stretching as another commitment but more like a complement to your workout routine:

The Mode 8 Yoga and Fitness - 21 - Day Program

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: Cardio

Wednesday: Strength Training

Thursday: Walk outside or OFF DAY

Friday: Warm/Hot Yoga

Sat: Strength Training

Sunday: Cardio

Monday: Walk outside or OFF DAY

Tuesday: Walk outside or OFF DAY

Wednesday: Yoga

Thursday: Warm/Hot Yoga

Friday: Strength Training

Saturday: Walk outside or OFF DAY

Sunday: Meditation

Monday: Kickboxing

Tuesday: Warm/Hot Yoga

Wednesday: Walk outside or OFF DAY

Thursday: Walk outside or OFF DAY

Friday: Warm/Hot Yoga

Saturday: Strength Training

Sunday: Cardio

There you are! You are all set with a routine and a way to improve your fitness the smart way -- not the hard way. Get balance to your workout, get balance to life. Namaste Yogi Friends Book your next strength training, yoga, and cardio session now. Love, Christine

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