Why yoga is better than jogging for burning off calories

So how can something as “easy” and relaxing as yoga do such amazing things for your body? It’s because while you can do yoga and not work up much of a sweat, it doesn’t mean you’re not working your body hard. Let me explain…

I have a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, so I have a good knowledge of human anatomy and performance. I’ve even conducted my own research on yoga in a lab and compared it to cardio exercise. And you may be shocked to hear what I learned from a recent experiment.

I had a colleague hook me up to a special device that measures caloric expenditure. Then I did a series of simple yoga postures strung together in something I call a “flow”, which put my body into a perfect fat-burning zone. During one 10-minute flow, the device showed I burned 7 calories per minute. That adds up to 420 calories in an hour—about what I’d burn by jogging!

Plus yoga is much better for your joints than jogging. With jogging, I’d have to worry about putting all that stress on my knees and hips. In fact, I had developed bursitis in my hip from all those years of jogging. But with yoga, my joints became stronger and more flexible, instead of stiff and achy.

That’s because yoga’s fluid movements allow your joints—even if they’re swollen or painful—to glide smoothly over one another, improving strength and mobility… with NO wear and tear. And you’re able to burn off just as many calories—and even more fat!

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