What Is The Difference Between Yoga and Aerobics?

By pal | September 30, 2008
Yoga And Aerobics Differences

Yoga and Aerobics

Aerobics is a form of exercise where you use oxygen to mobilize the body's energy sources (carbohydrate and fat) to fuel your movements, such as by running and jogging. All such exercises are done at a steady, rhythmic, repetitive rate. To find out if your exercise state is 'aerobic', this test works. If you can talk while jogging, then your exercise is aerobic. As soon as it becomes difficult for you to talk while you jog without pausing for breath, you reach your aerobic threshold. This is when you begin to enter the anaerobic phase.

Walking, running, jumping, jogging, swimming, step aerobics, dance aerobics, sports aerobics, are all forms of aerobics. Aerobic exercises make your heart beat faster and your body sweats as you burn calories. Aerobic equipment includes the use of bicycles, treadmills, stepper, jump ropes etc. You can choose whichever form of aerobic exercise you like, but it is good to make it a part of your regular work out. This is because it tones your muscles, burns fat and helps prevent osteoporosis and heart disease.

Dance aerobics are fun to do and a good way to lose weight and remain healthy. Ballet, disco, jazz and salsa all form a part of dance aerobics. If you suffer from osteoporosis or have an existing heart problem, you should not do any of the intensive aerobic exercises. Simple walking will help you get the benefits of exercise without hurting yourself. The biggest benefit for aerobics is that regular aerobic exercise can reduce ageing by upto 12 years. It helps preserve a toned body and youthful appearance.

Yoga is another form of exercise that helps you preserve a youthful look and a well toned body. The principle behind yoga, however, is different. Here the exercises consist of slow movements to execute poses that are held for a time before release. There is a great degree of emphasis on breathing, for each exercise requires the co-ordination between the inhalation and exhalation of breath with the movement.

Yoga is a done in one place, as a stationary exercise, and the movements are not jerky or hurried. It is done with bare feet and there is no need for equipment of any kind. A floor mat and perhaps a folded towel to support the back for the exercises that are done while lying down are required. Yoga does not burn body fat as fast as aerobic exercises do. It also lays greater emphasis on the release of contained energy and the mind-body-spirit connection.

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