The debate of yoga replacing cardio exercise seems to be in debate these days. Can yoga really replace cardio. In order to understand and answer the question we need to look at both forms of exercise.
Carido exercise is also referred to as aerobic exercise, and usually just called cardio for short. Cardiovascular exercise comes with an impact of numerous health benefits including losing weight and lowering your blood pressure.
Cardiovascular exercise uses your large muscles such as arms and legs. During the exercise oxygen is continually transferred to your muscles. In order for your heart to get suitable conditioning a definite degree of energy must be used. However, one does not want to over do it either. You need to monitor your heart rate to make sure your not over doing it. Just take the times per minute your heart beats. Everyone has a resting rate which is the number of beats per minute while relaxing and laying down. Everyone also has a maximum rate the rate it can beat per minute to the fullest extent. You want to use your target rate, this is the range of heart rate which is best rate for your heart while giving yourself a good workout.
The below formula will give you an estimated rate:
For women: 226 – your age = maximum heart rate
For men: 220 – your age = maximum heart rate
Then take the number and multiply by .5 for your lower end target zone. Then using the same number multiply by .85 instead to get your higher end target zone.
Benefits of cardiovascular exercise includes burning calories, increasing metabolic rate and lessens your chances of cardiovascular disease.
Ordinarily yoga is known as the practice of having perfect control of the mind for lasting inner peace and contentment. Yoga is also known as a type of healing.
Yoga is different for each individual for one person it can be early morning stretches to relax and find contentment to face the day and to others its being in different positions and working up a sweat.
Yoga burns calories at different rates dependent upon the type of yoga being done.
Below are a few types of yoga classes and the calories it can burn:
Hatha burns 175 calories and comparative to a slow walk
Power yoga burns 300 calories and comparative to a brisk walk
Hot yoga can burn 630 calories and comparative to one hour of jogging.
Yoga however, does miss a few things in the workouts that cardiovascular exercise does have:
Cardio has your heart muscles pumping, where as in yoga a few styles can achieve this but do not equal the same as to swimming or running.
Quick, exploding movements of muscle fibers. This type of movement is vital in many types of sports such as baseball and tennis. However, they are not necessary for total health.
The vital ingredients consist of :
Cardiovascular or Aerobic exercise to let your heart pump and bring more air into your lungs.
Muscle strengthening and weight bearing exercise to work around all muscles of a certain joint not just parts.
Flexibility with the world today sometimes we end up having to be in unnatural positions. If we do not stretch properly you can end up stuck in the position.
Balance and coordination which requires even muscle tone.
In Cardio exercise it can provide health heart, calorie burning, muscle endurance and reduce stress.
In yoga exercise you can achieve muscle endurance, core strength, balance, flexibility and also reduce stress.
The two are some what similar but do not yield the same results in the end.
As in any debate the experts share their opinions on the matter. Michael See, MS. And RECP of Joslin Diabetes Center states that yoga is not a replacement for cardio but should be used as a addition to it. He does agree yoga does have many benefits for posture, flexibility and stress reduction. There is numerous research on the benefits of cardio and aerobic type exercise for things such as management of glucose for diabetes. Unfortunately there is no real research that can establish benefits of yoga to diabetes. Many personal trainers and persons will agree that nothing can replace a cardio workout.
There are effective types of yoga such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga that can help you lose weight but needs to be used with a regular diet plan
The debate most likely will continue on and on as in any debate. The facts which have been give seem to indicate that combining both cardio and yoga will give a person the maximum benefits for overall health and well being.
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