Fitness and Yoga. Does it work? September 20, 2011.

I found this article “Fitness Experts Say Yoga Leads to Better Balance, But Won’t Burn Calories.” Here are a few clips of what a recent study had to say . . .

One study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise found that while yoga increased muscular strength and endurance, along with flexibility and balance, it led to no significant improvement in aerobic capacity.

Professor John Porcari from the University of Wisconsin, who led the study, said:

“In order to improve aerobic capacity, essentially the efficiency of your heart and lungs, you really need to be working in the training zone where your heart rate reaches 70 to 80 per cent of your maximum. Based on what we found, the intensity just wasn’t there.”

Researchers found that one 50-minute class with a group of intermediate-level yogis burned just 144 calories, which is comparable to a slow walk! A 50-minute power yoga class — said to be more aerobically-challenging — burned only 237 calories.

What do you think? Have you seen drastic results by incorporating yoga?

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