A new male-oriented exercise technique offers a workout that combines traditional yoga with functional fitness exercises and high-intensity interval training to improve core-strength, cardio and muscle tone while reducing stress and sharpening clarity.
Can’t touch your toes? No worries mate. Broga is designed for guys who may have been heavily into sports but their bodies have come undone and are out of balance with stiff shoulders and tight hips.
Broga places emphasis on the features of yoga yet that appeal to the discipline of more masculine exercises for core-strengthening, muscle-toning, stress-reducing that also factor in clarity-enhancing yoga postures. New age music also gives way to a soundtrack of say Indie folk music and instructors are less about offering meditative Zen techniques and more about dudes exchanging buddy tips.
“The difference between Broga and yoga is Broga is first and foremost a strength workout with some cardio, then we weave in the vinyasa yoga,” says Emmanuelle Galland, a Broga instructor at Crunch Gym in Brooklyn, New York. “It’s one of the rare yoga forms where you achieve a really high heart rate because we do mountain climbers, plank jacks, and burpees (squat thrusts), sometimes four minutes of squats without a break.”
According to fitness experts Broga has taken off from a sizeable and growingaudience of men who are interested in yoga but reluctant;they crave the benefits but draw back at sharing the experience with a room full of women and are seeking an exercise that places attention on the physical over the spiritual and strength over flexibility.
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Coffee: New studies suggest that men who drink two to three cups of java a day are 42 percent less likely to have erectile dysfunction than those who consume up to seven milligrams of the stimulant daily.
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Carrots: Most red, yellow, or orange vegetables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids, that is to say fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions.
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Oats: Packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber. Only eat with pure honey and soy milk and don’t forget to add bananas and blueberries.
Health-e reporting with sources from:Time; Rueters; Broga.com; Fitness; Popsugar; eatthis.com