What's The Better Way To Achieve Fitness?

Confused about what to choose -- Yoga or Gym?
Each has its own benefits and one cannot really say if one is better than the other. Different schools of yoga yield different fitness and health benefits. On the fitness front, by and large, with yoga, one can expect increased flexibility, toning, strengthening to a certain degree, meditation and breathing exercises.

A gym session can make you feel tired and hungry, while yoga revitalizes you and helps in digestion. While yoga has its distinct pluses, barring the odd exceptions (e.g. power yoga), yoga does not provide the cardiovascular benefits, which are vital to all human beings. Fat loss and weight loss is not achieved through yoga. This is derived through cardio activities, like aerobics, walking, jogging, cycling, rope, skipping, dancing and swimming.

Difference Between Gym - Yoga

A workout at the gym has physical benefits

  • You need equipment for gym and you cannot do it at home.
  • Not everyone can afford to have a gym at home. Your gym could be far from home and you might end up using precious time reaching there.
  • There are times when one tends to bunk gym sessions because of distance, weather, etc.
  • After a gym workout, one may feel tired and may have to deal with sore body parts.
  • A gym session may increase hunger and result in overeating.
  • Gym sessions act more or less on the outer appearance and tone the muscles.
  • A workout at the gym mostly has only physical benefits and rarely offers mental stimulation.

You don't need any equipment for yoga,
as it can be performed at home
  • With yoga, one can expect in creased flexibility, toning and strengthening.
  • You don't need any equipment, just some space around yourself to practice the various asanas. You save time on travel.
  • You don't feel the urge to bunk yoga sessions because of the convenience they offer.
  • After a session, one feels energetic and fresh. It helps rid one of fatigue.
  • Yoga does not increase hunger.
  • This ancient science has been developed in such a way that it acts on the internal organs and benefits one not just physically, but mentally, intellectually and spiritually as well, says holistic health guru Mickey Mehta.

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