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Yoga and Pilates: Strength Exercises that Don't Require You to Lift Weights

September 6, 2014       Health & Healing
Yoga and Pilates

Strike a Pose for a Healthy and Toned Body

Flexibility & Strength: Yoga Exercises

Yoga poses work by stretching your muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired.

Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga, are very physical. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone. But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or hatha, can provide strength and endurance benefits.

Many of the Yoga stretch exercises poses build upper-body strength and your lower back. The standing poses, especially if you maintained for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs. When done properly, Yoga exercises build core strength in your deep abdominal muscles, helping you have better posture. Standing and sitting poses develop core strength. You time a stretched pose by counting using your breaths. With breathing, you focus and relax while getting a good workout. The workout isn't high impact but you still get good cardio exercise as well.

Your strenuous exercises loosens you up and you get less stressed and are more relaxed as you strike a difficult pose. The meditation techniques while working your pose help calm your mind. It also lowers blood pressure and slows down the heart rate, which helps you avoid high blood pressure and heart disease.

Pilates: The Total Body Workout

Pilates is like yoga but with less pretzel poses. The exercise regimen also concentrates on developing your core strength. Pilates workouts develop strength and toned muscle development including flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints just like yoga.

Pilates can be done by anyone following proper technique and instruction by a Pilates instructor. From a senior citizen looking to stay healthy to a young athlete wanting to recover from an injury or staying fit, Pilates workouts are easy to perform and tones your body without adding bulk like lifting weights.

Long, lean muscles are developed from Pilates workouts. It is also the easiest way to get flat abdominal muscles. You get more energy by keeping with a Pilates workout regimen and it even gets rid of flab faster as you burn calories everytime you exercise.

The best thing about Pilates may be that you only need comfy clothes and a mat to get into shape. Not bad at all.

Yoga is an ancient exercise regimen practiced by monks that has
been adopted by fitness experts who acknowledge its body toning
and strengthening benefits.  Get healthy AND look good too.


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