A question that has recently circulated the fitness world is “Can yoga replace weight training in the future?” After extensive research into the subject I have come up an answer that may come as a shock to some. Yes, yoga can indeed replace weight training in the future, depending on the type of weight training you participate in. I will explain in further detail below.
Yoga could be an interesting alternative to weight training in the future. Now, I admit that if you’re a person who is looking to build huge muscle mass in a short period of time, yoga is not the thing you’re looking for. Nor is it the alternative method you will want to use if you are not a patient person and love getting the adrenaline rush that weight lifting will give you. However, if you are a person who has a healthy, fit body and are just looking to maintain that body (meaning you don’t necessarily want to gain more muscle, but you don’t want to lose the muscle you have worked hard to gain), then yoga could be perfect for you. Studies show that a person usually begins losing muscle mass during their 30’s and will lose 1%-5% of their body muscle every ten years if they stop practicing healthy habits. This is where yoga can help. If you no longer want to put in the long hours that weight training requires and you feel like using an alternative method of training to keep your body fit, then yoga is what you’re looking for. Aside from the healthy physical body yoga will provide you, which will be discussed later, it will also give you a sense of peace mentally, if performed correctly. As everyone knows, it is very easy to get stressed out in the world we live in today. Stress leads to depression and if you don’t control your mind, you could easily be losing it in no time. Yoga is a way to relax the mind and think of the positives that life provides.
Now, let’s talk about the physical benefits of yoga. If you are a person who is looking for minimal muscle gain then a program called “yoga with weights” might be a good fit for you. If you are a person who is looking for a heathy life (both mentally and physically), with no loss of muscle mass (not necessarily a gain of muscle mass either, although it is a possibility) then there are several options for you. You could try a mixture of yoga with weight training, to keep your muscle mass at a healthy level, or else you could try a 2 hour yoga exercise at least once a week. Some yoga classes are rigorous and difficult, yet some are more laid back so you will just have to find one that fits your needs. The real answer to the main question of this entire article which is “Can yoga replace weight training?” is yes, although as I suggested earlier, the best method may be to mix yoga with weight training and take ideas from both to create your own workout regimen that will hopefully give you a healthy body, both mentally and physically. Furthermore, I want to wish everyone the best of luck in finding the perfect workout and I hope you all find a healthy lifestyle, which will hopefully lead you to live your life as enjoyably as you can.