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The Benefits and Risks of Taking Back-to-Back Exercise Classes

Do You Ever Take Back-to-Back Classes?

yoga classIs there ever a time when you go to a class — whether yoga, boot camp, Pilates, or kick boxing — and notice someone from the class before you, staying for your class? Whenever I go to hot yoga, there's a man who does back-to-back classes, possibly even more than that! And they aren't just restorative yoga classes, with lots of deep breathing and relaxing stretches, they are the intense, fire-breathing (feels like it!) bikram classes. Yes, he looks amazing and is in better shape than I'll ever be, but sometimes I wonder if I could ever pull off going to two classes in a row. I guess you'd already be warmed up, so what's another hour or two?

You would think that getting lots of exercise and going to more than one class wouldn't be a bad thing, but there are those who are addicted to exercise. When exercising becomes an obsession and a compulsive behavior, the benefits of exercise fade away since you are putting additional strain on your muscles and joints, which can lead to serious injuries. Overall, factors like the actual class, its length, and how much exercise you do outside of your classes can all be factored into whether or not two or more classes is too much. But what about you? Do you ever stay for more than one class?

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