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Yoga vs. Aerobics: Which is better for YOUR body?

Yoga vs. Aerobics: Which is better for YOUR body?

Last Reviewed : 12/15/2020
Yoga vs. Aerobics: Which is better for YOUR body?

Yoga and aerobics are two different fitness methods by which one can attain an improvement in health and appearance.

 

 

Choosing Aerobic Exercise:

  • If your goal is weight lossthen aerobic exercise is a great option. Aerobic activity increases muscle strength which burns calories and accelerates weight loss. Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is essential for healthy physical fitness.
  • Aerobic exercise improves overallcardiac health. It broadens the blood vessels and increases oxygen supply and nutrient delivery which improves heart efficiency. It also decreases LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) “bad” cholesterol and increases HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) “good” cholesterol.
  • Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines stretching, breathing and meditation. Frequent yoga practice produces deep relaxation and can easily be addedto a busy lifestyle.
  • Yoga boosts immunity. Stretching your muscles improves the flow of the lymphatic fluids throughout your body. Practicing Yogic Breathing (Pranayama) keeps your respiratory muscles flexible and strong.
  • According to the American Heart Association, yoga can positively impact your heart health including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol andheart rate.
  • Yoga increases the flexibility and range of motion of various joints in the body resulting in improved posture and increased balance and stability.

 

Choosing Yoga:

Optimize your workout routine! Together, yoga and aerobics are instant stress relievers. They increase the production of endorphins in the body and activate the reward/pleasure center in the brain. Both exercises decrease depression and increase sleep quality.

Maintaining a consistent exercise routine elevates overall mood and health. Mix things up and stay engaged by practicing 3days of yoga and 3 days of aerobics per week. Don't forget to take that one day off and give your body a rest!

 

 

 

References:

American Heart Association. (2017). Exercise Mind and Body with Yoga and Mindful Movement. Retrieved from https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-li...

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