Yoga and Pilates, both have been around for years, but do you know the difference between them and how your body benefits from them? Both engage mind and body and are exercises one can practice anywhere. Yoga focuses mostly on physical poses and breathing techniques for stretching and toning muscles. Pilates was designed to tone and strengthen the core, improving flexibility while requiring intense concentration for muscle control. See how these two unique forms of exercise, requiring only a mat and floor space, benefit your body beyond the basic muscle strengthening and toning.
With Pilates or Yoga, you will be burning calories while strengthening and toning muscles. A 160-pound person doing one hour of Pilates will burn 270 to 460 calories per session. One hour of yoga, for the same person will burn anywhere from 200 to 630 calories, depending on the type of class.
The mental focus and controlled breathing required in both forms of exercise help reduce stress, engages and sharpens the mind. Yoga and Pilates also relieves muscle tension through multiple stretching positions and lowers blood pressure. Performing these exercises consistently will reduce insomnia, bringing about quality sleep and improve your mood as well!
Pilates targets the core, which result in a flatter abdomen and stronger back while improving balance and posture. A few more benefits of Yoga and Pilates are below:
Detox The Body
There are several yoga poses that contribute in detoxifying the body. The hand to toe pose helps massage the liver, helping stagnant blood move through its musculature. The supine spinal twist also helps purify the liver through an internal massage of the organs by the rotation of the spine. In Pilates, the rolling and unrolling stimulates circulation and cleanses your lungs by driving out impure air.
Experience The Benefits of Yoga Or Pilates At Murfreesboro Athletic Club!
MAC is a full service health club that offers a wide range of state of the art equipment, programs, and services to keep you motivated and enable you to reach your fitness goals. Come try one of our group yoga classes and grab hold of a better life today in a healthy Murfreesboro community!