Seems like some folks misread the article about yoga. It's not that it yoga has no weight loss benefits. In fact, the author recommends it! It's simply stated that doing yoga doesn't replace the counterparts of cardio and strength. Yoga is a great part of any exercise program... but you still need to do regular cardio and strength training to ensure complete fitness.
Try and run a marathon by preparing only with yoga. ;) Doesn't work.
I am a regular yoga practitioner... and love it. But I still hit the weights and walk/run.
The thing with "no pain, no gain" is that many of us are so out of touch with our bodies that we have lost the ability to differentiate between pain and discomfort. We live in a fairly narrow temperature band. Few of do true physical labor at our jobs. And many of us only get exercise indoors.
I sometimes get sharp pains when I first start exercising. They're always transitory. I don't ignore them: I monitor what the pain feels like, if it's a recurring issue, and if it's just a nerve complaining or if it feels like a muscle or connective tissue injury. (At my age, sometime things just randomly hurt for no reason.) If it's an injury, I will re-evalute my plans because I know how long it can take to heal.
Some good stuff here, but you're off base about yoga and pilates.. These types of exercises not only help prevent injury so that you can have the active lifestyle that is healthy (and burns more calories), but I "grew" about 1 1/2 " the first year I was taking pilates. The muscles themselves might not grow longer, but you do lengthen their range of motion, and all limbs stand straighter when they are supported by the kind of exercise that yoga and pilates provide.
Though I don't know many yoga practitioners who are in it for the burn, there are strenuous and demanding programs that that burn hundreds calories/hour.
The warning at the end is not nearly strong enough. Blacking out or chestpain are warning signs of potentially very serious problems such as a heart attack. With those symptoms people should not only "slow down" but STOP, sit or lie down, and get immediate medical attention.
Yoga can indeed lead to weight loss and a 'leaner look' if you do it daily and mix it up with Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, both of which are pretty intense forms of exercise. So is interval training.
Combine these two with cutting out wheat and reducing sugar and carbs from grains if you want to see real change for the long run - providing of course it is a life style change and not a form of dieting.
6/19/2013 7:04:17 AM
You should really research yoga a bit more before saying it does not benefit weight loss. The practice does not need to be advanced to burn calories significant for deficit as longas you're doing a sound program. Not to mention in many cases the benefit yoga gives that no traditional fitness program can is balancing hormones which for many is a huge struggle in the weight loss battle. Disappointed in your statements.
Yoga and pilates are two different types of exercise so why are they being lumped together? Also, what do you mean by more advanced yoga? Asthanga style? Jivamukti? Vinyasa? I think you're selling yoga a bit short by making a blanket statement about it.
4/25/2013 6:51:06 PM
There should be a recommend button. Great article!
3/27/2013 8:25:29 PM
Best not to make blanket/simplistic statements, i.e. heavy weights do not build bulk (depends on your body type - heavier weights DO build in those with mesomorphic body types. I used to build muscle just from looking at a dumbell.) Also, lying on the couch reading a book burns calories, so to suggest that yoga and pilates don't is a bit misleading, isn't it? I agree with the premise that for MANY people, yoga and pilates should round out their exercise plan, but as a fitness trainer for over 20 years I've found that stressing the body with any form of rigorous movement is adequate for many, and that a yoga and/or pilates-centric workout plan (combined with healthy eating, but that's true with most any exercise plan) is fine.
You know, I think the myth that women shouldn't use heavy weights only keeps hanging around because experts keep debunking it. In fact, I think that's the only place I've ever seen that particular notion pop up...
Why no share button? I have many friends who could benefit from the ideas in this article. Most I had already learned the hard way, by doing it wrong for years with poor results, but I picked up a few good tips to try myself, too. Wish you had also mentioned swimming, a great all over toning and flexibility exercise method appropriate at all fitness levels. Excellent article!
6/3/2012 2:52:25 PM
Oh, and interval training should only take you 30 minutes or less!
6/3/2012 2:50:11 PM
Another myth is that in order to lose weight you need to run/jog/bike/elliptical for 30-60 minutes in a steady state mode. The truth of the matter is that the best way to lose weight and save muscle is to do interval training which can be done on the treadmill/outdoor track, the bike or on the elliptical or all of the above. I am living proof that interval training is the best, quickest, safest and most interesting way to lose, tone and look good!
6/3/2012 10:05:24 AM
I have actually seen some of these myths quoted by people on this site. Hope they all read the article. I do use the "no pain, no gain" mantra to motivate myself when I am in the muscle exhaustion stage. There is a difference between that " pain" and the pain of an injury.
On the poll with the article, there was no choice for "none of the above." Many people exercise incorrectly but at least they are trying. The number of people who do as little as possible is frightening. I have a friend who always parks as far away as she can from her destination (assuming it's safe, of course) so she has to walk more each day. I love to walk and always have. I like to people watch and I live in an urban yet friendly environment. Just browsing or doing what they used to call "eye" buying can be a lot of fun. You don't have to run a marathon unless, of course, you want to. My old bones couldn't take the pounding.
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