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Wendy Bumgardner

Walking Twice As Good As Yoga

By September 7, 2004

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Yoga has many benefits, but for aerobic conditioning it is far inferior to walking. A study by researchers at Texas State University compared test subjects who spent 30 minutes doing yoga vs. 30 minutes of light treadmill walking. Yoga did not produce enough energy expenditure to lose weight or improve cardiovascular health. If you enjoy yoga, don't give up the walking!
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January 11, 2008 at 7:45 pm
(1) Positive practice says:

Surely this depends on what form of Yoga is tested. The more Dynamic forms of Yoga will increase strength, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility far more than walking could.

May 18, 2009 at 9:46 am
(2) LovingIt says:

The kind of yoga taught today (asana, or exercise being only part of what yoga is) does not engage the large muscles of the body enough. A practice is considered exremely vigorous when you’re balancing on your hands, head, arms, shoulders. (Vinyasas take up a fraction of a session under those circumstances.) Certainly one’s core is engaged; and yoga is phenomenal for increasing walking stride length, which made me return to walking and ditch part of the asana part of yoga. I gain the same amount of calmness from walking; and, much more than that–unlike with yoga, with walking I gain confidence, too!

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