Is Yoga A Full Body Workout?
You’ve probably heard this argument a few times before, especially if you have been practicing yoga for a long time. You’ve also considered this if you’re a beginner yoga student. The thought of whether you’re doing enough to get your workout in has probably crossed your mind. Is yoga actually a full body workout or does it just provide some relaxation benefits?
Many people think that a combination of yoga and cardio is what will keep them thin and in shape, but there are many others who consider yoga to be just enough to keep a person fit. Without cardio or lifting weights, many people consider yoga to be all they need to be fit and stay active. On the other hand, a lot more people think that yoga isn’t enough for a full body workout. So which one is it? Do you get enough of a workout doing vinyasa flow?
While yoga can be better than hitting the gym because it allows you to re-evaluate your intentions and check in with yourself, that’s not always a sign that you’re getting enough of a workout. The short answer to this question is that ‘yes’ yoga is enough of a workout and it’s a full body workout. You can burn on average 445 calories in one hour during just a vinyasa yoga class. This is the same amount as you would burn if you went jogging for 60 minutes at a slow pace. Consider for a moment all of those times after a yoga class that you felt deliciously sore. You are working your body and you’re also relaxing your mind.
At Yoga Pod Lowry, we emphasize the importance of strength, sweat, and breath. You’ll commit to your strength and your movement, which will help you to push yourself to your yoga limits. As a beginner yoga student, you may be wondering how exactly yoga is a full body workout. Well, we’ll break it down.
A Good Workout Includes
When you start to get healthy, there are a lot of things to remember. For example, you have to eat healthier, exercise your entire body instead of just an area of it, and you have to incorporate different exercises instead of doing the same thing every time you go to the gym. A good workout is ever changing and the actual term of ‘fitness’ can allude to a lot.
Fitness is moving your body without wanting to stop due to fatigue. This can mean anything from taking the stairs at work to going to a yoga class. Fitness helps you feel healthy, look great, and have strength and endurance to go do whatever you want. If you want to get a good workout in, then you’ll need to focus on these areas.
The first factor of a good fitness regimen is cardiorespiratory fitness. Cardiorespiratory fitness focuses on the heart, blood vessels, and the lungs. When you do cardio, your heartbeat will increase and your lungs will open up. The blood vessels will expand as they pump the blood through your body. The more improved your cardiorespiratory fitness is the better your stamina is as well as maintaining a lower risk for heart diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. When it comes to yoga, you may not think you’re getting your cardio in because you’re standing in our spot; however, if you go through a series of poses in a hot room, you’ll notice that your heartbeat is increasing, which means you’re getting your cardio in.
Another factor to include in your exercise regimen is muscular fitness. Muscular fitness covers both muscle strength and muscle endurance. Muscle strength is lifting a healthy object and how difficult it is for you to lift. Muscle endurance, on the other hand, is how long you can lift the object for.
While there aren’t a lot of objects to pick up in yoga for you to determine your strength and endurance for your muscles, you are using your body as a means to develop muscle. When you do a Chaturanga, you’re strengthening your arm muscles. When you balance on one leg during Tree Pose, you’re developing your strength and finding your center.
Without actively exercising, muscle mass will be lost, especially with age, which is why yoga is such a great routine to incorporate into any fitness regimen. No matter the age, if you’re working yoga into your routine, your loss of balance will not completely deteriorate nor will your muscles lose their mass. Additionally, muscles are an active tissue and help with regulating your metabolism with every pound. What’s even neater is that every pound of muscle can burn between 35 and 50 calories a day.
When you get older, your body changes, especially your flexibility. The muscles will become shorter and the tendons will become stiffer. The fact that the muscles and tendons are stiffer can decrease your range of motion. Due to a lack of range of motion, the movement in your body can be prevented and, in turn, the flexibility that you regularly experience can cause you pain or an injury because your body isn’t what it used to be. It’s important that during your exercise regimen that you stretch and loosen those muscles up.
Yoga is an excellent way to increase flexibility and loosen up your muscles and tendons. Tight muscles can cause you to strain your ligaments, tendons, and the muscles because you may move past your range of motion and damage them. It’s vital that any exercise you do that you focus on flexibility, especially as you grow older.
These three factors are what can help make a great workout. Keep in mind that getting into shape and losing weight doesn’t just come down to the workout you do, but it’s also what you eat and how you spend your time. You’ll find that yoga has each of these factors for a great workout and much more, so you do get that full body workout in.
Yoga Pod Lowry is a studio that values community and fitness. What’s different about our yoga studio is that we create classes that are great for beginner yogis to more advanced ones. There’s podFLOW, podHOT, Yin, Aerial Yoga, podBARRE Express, podBASICS podBARRE, and more. In addition, if you’re still hesitant about whether yoga actually works the entire body we have podFIT, which is specifically designed for you to get in your cardio and weight training. If you’d like to try some of our yoga classes, then visit our studio. We have a $30 For 30 Days deal going on right now that’s a must-try!