Yoga for weight loss
In 2005, an intensive study revealed that people aged 45-55 years old who performed yoga shed up to 5 kilograms while those who enjoyed the same diet and lifestyle without yoga, gained up to 14 kilograms. Although, it is not like aerobics which can burn more calories in a shorter span of time, yoga works not just as cardio but also as self-medication.
Scientifically, since yoga induces mind focus, stress levels are reduced and improve insulin activity which in turn convinces your body to burn fat instead of storing them. It is also attributable to the concentration of the mind brought by yoga which signals the body to adhere to what the mind says.
Performing yoga induces the mind to focus on the inner self and inner health of the person rather than the external factors in order to produce more happy hormones. Reducing fats is only a side effect of yoga. It has been proven that a person performing yoga complemented with healthy diet and enough sleep refrains from getting fat rather than someone who does not. It doesn’t really burn as much fats as you burn in performing aerobics and gymnastics but it helps the body regulate eating frequency.
For those wanting to try yoga, there are pros and cons which must be fully understood before execution to ensure the proper manner and to prevent accidents.
- No food intake
A person about to execute yoga should have an empty stomach. This is an advantage because studies show that fasting on an interval of periods helps relax the internal organs from digesting and therefore reduces risk of colon cancer.
No expensive equipment is needed in yoga. You only need a thick mat and clean piece of cloth. You do not need to have a separate room for yoga because it can be done indoor or outdoor.
- Helps maintain daily fitness
Yoga involves stretching of muscles, a little movement of the body and meditation. More than the physical actions are the over-all relaxation of the mind. Moreover, vital organs are relaxed as one performs yoga.
- Good for all ages
Any person can do yoga regardless of the age. Children as young as 6 or elder ones aged 60 are allowed to do yoga because relaxation especially of the mentality is for all ages. However, there are precautions on the asanas to be executed. There are poses which are not good for the elder ones which involve more bending.
- Reducing fat is only a side effect
If your main goal for performing yoga is to reduce weight and you only have 20 minutes to spare, then you might as well try aerobics.
- Qualified teachers are hard to find
There is difficulty in finding teachers which are qualified and licensed to teach yoga because there is no existing organization which evaluates yoga teachers.
- In appropriate practice
For beginners, starting out yoga is tough. Inappropriate execution of asanas may lead to muscle cramps instead of attaining the right effects.
- Overpriced yoga studios
There are yoga studios with qualified teachers but they usually charge you with a very high price. Due to the limited number of qualified yoga teachers and yoga studios and the price of being known in the field, their price is uneconomical.