Yoga is known for centering the mind, improving posture and increasing flexibility. It’s also a great way to build muscle strength, using the weight of the body as resistance. Because it’s a no-impact exercise, it’s great for people with joint pain or weaker bones.
Many people like the way yoga tones muscles without adding bulk.
Yoga itself won’t result in large amounts of fat loss, due to the fact that it won’t get your heart rate up to the fat burning level. However, it can affect our bodies in ways that lead to healthier living and further weight loss.
- Yoga builds muscle, which is a natural fat burner. The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn during both exercise and rest.
- Certain poses can stimulate the endocrine glands, which regulate metabolic rate. This will lead to a faster metabolism, using more calories and, therefore, reducing body fat.
- Yoga can turn on your parasympathetic nervous system by slowing you down. This system regulates breathing, digestion and hormones. When you let yourself rest from your busy life, things have a chance to rebalance, repair and revert to a naturally normal pace. This can all help with weight loss.
- Yoga makes you more aware of your body and it’s needs. During a session, your mind slows down and is able to take in the state of your body. You begin to discern between cravings and actual hunger, and recognize being full. This sort of self-awareness is important for long-term change, which is necessary for maintaining weight loss.
Add cardio training to your weekly routine to burn more fat. Things like running, biking, or aerobics will increase your heart rate and use up more calories. Take in fewer calories by eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat, sugar and sodium. Healthier choices will put you at an advantage before you ever hit the mat.
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