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.
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!