THE DARK SECRET BEHIND YOGA THAT NOBODY TELLS YOU
For many years, yoga has been considered to be one of the best things that an individual can do for both their body and mind. Recently, it has formed an essential part of many people’s regimen of health and fitness, but according to new research, the positive effects of the activity could have been over-exaggerated.
STUDIES SHOW THAT THE PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF YOGA MIGHT BE OVER-RATED
The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association recommends that everyone engages in thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week to maintain their fitness levels and prevent the development of heart disease, which is one of the top causes of death in the United States. While many people believe that their practice of yoga five times a week will help them to achieve their quota the evidence suggests that this is probably not doing them a great deal of good. In fact, it appears that hatha yoga is less intense than briskly walking.
D. Enette Larson-Meyer of the University of Wyoming assessed seventeen different studies which examined the intensity involved in yoga work outs and the number of calories burned during the average session. After a comprehensive analysis of the effects of various types of yoga, Larson-Meyer found that the exercise should only be classified as a light-intensity activity and that it was significantly less intense than walking at a moderate pace on a flat, solid surface. Surprisingly, this was even the case when the practitioner engaged in Bikram yoga which is performed at temperatures of around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Larson-Meyer, while the heat made the routine feel more intense for the practitioner, it did not increase the number of calories burned in a truly significant way.
Despite all this Brian Tracy of the Colorado State University has been quick to point out that this doesn’t mean that yoga should be considered worthless. “Regular yoga or hot yoga has all these other benefits besides just the calorie burn, ” he said. Tract points out that yoga is proven to improve balance, strength, and flexibility, all of which are incredibly important for individuals as they get older. In addition to these physical benefits, the practice of yoga has also been shown to reduce anxiety and stress.
ANYWAYS, WE STILL LIKE YOGA...
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