Benefits of Yoga vs. Gym Workouts

Going to the gym has always been the “standard” place to get your workout in.  Besides recently new at home workout remedies along with programmed bikes/treadmills, working out and lifting weights at a workout facility was the place to be and the norm for “getting fit.” However, yoga workouts have skyrocketed in popularity within the last few years.  More and more athletes, celebrities and everyday people are appreciating the true benefits, mentally and physically, about yoga.  In today’s blog, I’ll be listing the differences and benefits between a yoga workout and a gym workout in hopes it will inspire you to try something new and learn some valuable information.

YOGA:

Benefits: Explanation:
1) Yoga benefits the mind, body, and soul Yoga not only helps you tone your muscles but also focuses on bringing awareness to your whole body and inject positive energy into yourself.  A gym workout really only focuses on improving your body’s physical condition.
2) Yoga will make you lean Yoga stretches and strengthens your muscles simultaneously which causes you to appear more lean.  When lifting weights, that causes your muscles to bulk up and look larger.
3) Yoga is more efficient Yoga relies on your whole entire body for strengthening. Gym workouts use weights and equipment (with only a few exceptions).  In yoga, you use your entire body weight as “weights.” Unlike at the gym, your muscles are isolated by being worked individually which can take more time to build.
4) Yoga is calming/reduces stress/improves concentration Yoga focuses on connecting your mind, body and spirit into one workout.  (And if you haven’t tried it, it’s harder than you think.)  You have to focus on performing everything with intention while following and paying attention to your breathing.  Feeling each movement and muscles of your body being worked.

GYM:

Benefits: Explanation:
1) Wide variety of workouts you can do While at the gym, you have a large selection of equipment and space to use to create your own workout.  With yoga, it normally follows a standard format.
2) Builds muscle/makes you bulk At the gym, you normally use weights or equipment to break down your muscles so they can build back up bigger and stronger. With yoga, the practice strengthens and stretches your body instead.
3) Can be too rigorous or harmful to your body Going to the gym and doing intense weight lifting or cardio can be harmful to your body.  Yoga helps all aspects of your body by engaging your muscles, brain, and breathing.
4) Going to the gym allows you to potentially burn calories and sweat more When working out at a high intensity, your body burns more calories and makes you sweat more.  The can help with weight loss, circulation, and purging toxins in your body.  Unlike yoga where you are purposely trying to lower your heart rate and calm your mind/body.

Some people may still not be a fan of taking a yoga class or consider it a real workout.  However, if you haven’t already, check out Warhawk Group Fitness Yoga classes hosted everyday in the dance studio at the Williams Center!  Obviously there is always more to learn about completing workouts in the gym or by doing yoga so if you’re interested, learn more about the topics here:

https://www.doyouyoga.com/15-reasons-yoga-is-better-than-the-gym/

https://www.naturalremedieshome.com/yoga-versus-gym

As always, stay fit, stay healthy, stay beautiful, Warhawks!

Talk soon,

Ashley

Reason to Hit The Gym This Semester

Welcome back Warhawks! It is the start of a new year with new schedules. It is important to start the semester out strong and to get into a good routine right off that bat. Take a look at your schedule and find a time that will work for you to get to the gym. Scheduling a designated workout time from the start will encourage you to actually make it to the gym and also help you to keep going.

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From Couch Potato, To Gym Rat

gym rat imageSigning up for a gym membership can be a fruitful experience for some, as they use it frequently and see the results they had hoped for when signing up. For others, it can be an entirely wasteful experience; one where they see the inside of the gym the day they sign up and literally never again.

 

Even couch potatoes with the best intentions can find it hard to get up and find motivation or inspiration in the gym. So here are a few tips to get you from couch potato to gym rat!

  1. Avoid the Crowds—Going to the gym during peak times can be frustrating. There are a ton of people there, all the machines are taken, and finding free weights can be like looking for a needle in a hay stack. Ask the desk attendant which times are generally busy and which aren’t. Change your workout time to a slower time that fits in your schedule and you’ll find that your workout is completely changed.
  2. Use Every Piece of Equipment At least Once—You might have a plan that utilizes the machines that focus on what you want to see results in, but it’s easy to fall into a rut and plateau on your results. If you make a point to use the entire variety of machines your gym offers, it makes it easier and less intimidating to try out a new exercise or machine to kick start yourself again.
  3. Take Every Class at Least once—If your gym offers them, you should try every class they offer at least once. This not only kick starts your results but it can also teach you something new to try, as well as possibly introduce you to a new type of class or exercise that you didn’t know you liked. It’s also a great way to get a workout in without the intimidation of free weights and machines.
  4. Try a new workout every time you go—When you’re first starting, or even if you’re a seasoned gym rat, doing the same workout day in and day out can get boring and make you lose interest in going to the gym. Try a different couple of exercises or even an entirely new circuit every time you go to the gym or even every other time to avoid boredom, and make it so that you look forward to the workout!

 

Thanks For Reading, and enjoy your workout!

 

 

Nicole