Yoga and Pilates Great Fitness Add-Ons for Burning Calories

Submitted by Jerry Parker on December 21, 2012

Look into the group fitness program at most health spas and gyms and you’ll see that Yoga and Pilates are still two of the hottest trends in fitness. But are Yoga and Pilates also excellent calorie-burning workouts?

Pilates and Yoga, often called "mind-body" pursuits, show brilliant benefits. These include greater elasticity, better quality of life, relief from menopausal symptoms, and abatement of back pain.


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The results are the outcome of 2 studies put forward at the 52nd American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. In another research, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) studied the calorie outflow of average Pilates workouts.

One study examined the upshot of Yoga on quality of life in general and flexibility in practitioners.

Professors at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona studied 6 women, aged 50 – 65. They all took part in an hour’s long session of Yoga thrice a week for 6 weeks. Members were also given a home exercise schedule, and told to do the program on days when they were not attending class. The yoga program used in the research was Ashtanga. It focuses on a specific sequence of poses that deal with physical disorders, menopause and pregnancy.

5 of the 6 ladies who took part in the Yoga program reported improved lower back flexibility. 5 out of 6 reported lesser menopausal symptoms. The women who got relief from menopausal symptoms experienced lesser hot flashes and night sweats."

Researchers Shirley Anderson and Peter Vincentia, enlisted fifteen healthy young ladies, aged w0 to 25. All had no less than an intermediate level of Pilates experience. All participants took part in two 60-minute Pilates mat-training sessions, following a videotaped routine for consistency.

Each participant first followed a beginner mat Pilates routine. This comprised 5 minutes of breath-linked alignment exercises. These were followed by 50 minutes of basic Pilates exercises. The program concluded with 10 minutes stretching and realignment. The advanced routine was just like to the beginner routine. The only difference was that it used advanced techniques. These included positioning and pacing for every exercise. Before and after every session, heart rates and oxygen consumption were noted down and recorded.

Both studies that looked at benefits of Yoga and Pilates based mat exercises and all participants who had experienced some lower back pain, stress symptoms, and menstrual symptoms reported feeling great. Of the ten who took part in a 60-minute Pilates-based mat exercise program, six continued their normal daily activities. However, they did not participate in Pilates.

At the end of the study, both groups reported lesser lower back pain, but those who participated in the Pilates program reported a greater reduction in pain. Several such studies, continued down the years only prove Yoga and Pilates great fitness and sports add-ons, particularly for physical fitness enthusiasts and health freaks.

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