Can Yoga be a cardio workout?

A big part about working out is staying focused and sticking to a plan. When creating a workout plan, it is essential to set goals. To achieve these goals, you’ll need to pick different exercises. If you want to lose weight, you may consider adding more cardio to your routine. Cardio often consists of running, jogging, jump rope or any other activity that raises the heart rate. But, what if there was another type of cardio workout other than these typical exercises that could get you the same results? Can yoga be a cardio workout? This is a question that someone who is new to working out may ask.  Whether you’re new to working out or are looking to switch up your routine, it is essential to understand the benefits of different exercises. This article will explore the difference between yoga and cardio, a typical cardio workout, a regular yoga workout and which one is better for you.


What’s the Difference Between Yoga and Cardio?


Cardio is an aerobic exercise that focuses on activities that increase the heart rate to train it, so it grows stronger. Yoga is an exercise that focuses on breathing, different poses, and rest periods. There is a growing debate about certain types of exercise classifications within the fitness community. Some fitness experts and scientists have made the case that yoga is a type of cardio exercise. Their reasoning for this conclusion is based on cardiovascular fitness, which measures how the heart moves oxygen and blood around to the muscles. Yoga does involve complex poses but can this exercise achieve the same benefits as going for a run?


What does a typical cardio workout consist of?


Some people think that cardio is only running or jogging, but it is, in fact, any activity that raises your heart rate. Your heart is a muscle, and the more you train it, the stronger it becomes. Over time your heart can take on more and more work. Frequent cardio is how someone can go from running a mile to eventually running a marathon. Cardio can consist of other things than running such as swimming, biking, jump roping, and more. If you have run into a plateau with your current cardio routine, you can spice things up with trying something new!



Everyone’s yoga session is different. Some yoga routines are more intense than others. Some people may leave dripping in sweat while others may never even break a sweat during their workout. Fitness experts say you should ask yourself these three questions to see if your workout is considered cardio. 1. How intense was your workout session? 2. What was your heart-rate and how long was it up for? 3. How many times per week do you engage in this activity?  



Deciding between yoga or typical cardio workouts can be challenging because it differs for each person. How intense someone takes a cardio session or a yoga session will ultimately determine if one is better than the other. If you’re not already into yoga, it could be difficult for you to quickly learn all of the poses to keep up your heart rate. If you’d like the help of a trainer, there’s a great fitness class called Deep Release Yoga at Fitness Loft Columbus. The 45-minute class is an excellent program for anyone, especially beginners who are new to yoga. There are multiple class times to accommodate someone’s busy schedule. To see a full Deep Release Yoga class description, instructor profile and class times visit the Group Classes page.

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