When it comes to comparing yoga to other ways to stay fit it’s like comparing apples and oranges. For starters, yoga physically doesn’t burn as many calories as other popular exercises like Zumba or running. However, the following three things you may not know may be appealing enough for you to give yoga a try.
- Because of the internal and external changes, your physical body undertakes when you consistently practice yoga, you can find yourself losing more weight than when you perform more intense exercises over time.
- Beth Lewis, an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology has stated that regular yoga exercising tends to influence weight loss more than it directly causes it.
- The regular weight loss you are familiar with is when you burn more calories than you consume. And to a small extent, yoga will contribute to your weight loss efforts in this way. But the spiritual and mental understanding of how your body works that comes with practicing yoga over time is what leads to a realization of what is causing your weight gain. This changes both your energy intake and expenditure and has consistently been proven to contribute significantly to weight loss until your personal healthy body weight is achieved.
So while yoga can definitely help you lose weight and get in shape, do not expect the pounds to melt off as quickly as with some other forms of exercise. Remember that yoga was developed as a spiritual and religious practice, not as a physical exercise. Since yoga teaches you to breathe properly and achieve harmony in both mind and body, you can begin to identify healthier foods and habits that can relate to losing weight and fat.
And if you are one of those people who get comfort from eating when you feel stressed, yoga can definitely help there. Significant studies have shown stress levels plummet in veteran yogis and even beginning yoga practitioners that regularly practice this ancient mind-body cleanser.
Additionally, remember that there are several levels of yoga. There are those asanas (physical postures) and sequences, which are more up-tempo and intense. Focusing on these poses and movements can cause your heart to beat faster, cranking up your metabolism. And at the other end of the spectrum, pranayama (breathing techniques) strengthens the lungs and heart and helps relieve stress and nervousness.
Since yoga is a sophisticated tradition involving metaphysical, internal and external functions and delivering physical, mental and spiritual benefits, the improvements you will receive with regular practice are numerous.
And when you practice yoga 3 to 5 times a week, you will begin to benefit from the noticeable and mental weight loss benefits it delivers. If you currently live a rather sedentary lifestyle, any physical exercise like yoga will immediately crank up your metabolism, helping you to lose weight and making you feel and look healthier and happier.
The Clar8ty Team
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