Yoga Gains More Muscle
Yoga may not only be a stress buster but also a fat blaster, says new research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2004 conference.
In one of the few studies that have compared weight lifting with yoga, University of Pittsburgh researchers put 59 obese, inactive women, ages 25 to 55, on a low-fat diet. Everyone walked for 40 minutes 5 days a week; a third of the volunteers did additional strength-training exercises; and another third added a yoga routine 3 days a week. After 4 months, the yoga devotees dropped and average of 27 pounds; the strength trainers whittled away 23; and the walking-only group lost 20. Study author Kara Gallagher, PhD, an exercise physiologist, warns that the differences aren’t big enough to conclude that yoga is better than dumbbells. But it appears to be a soothing option with a surprising option with a surprising power to fend off excess pounds.
Source: Health & Nutrition