The Benefits of Yoga in an Exercise Program

Posted Mar 21, 2023

Yoga has become a popular form of exercise in recent years, and for good reason. While it may not be as intense as high impact cardio or weightlifting, yoga provides a wide range of physical and mental benefits that make it an excellent addition to any fitness routine. Here are some reasons why yoga is a great form of exercise: 

  • Yoga is a full body workout that engages multiple muscle groups at once. Many yoga poses require strength and stability in the core, arms, legs and back, making it an excellent way to build lean muscle mass.
  • Unlike running or other high-impact exercises that can stress your joints, yoga is low impact and gentle on the body. It is a great option for people with injuries or chronic pain who still want to exercise.
  • Many yoga poses involve stretching and lengthening of muscles that can improve flexibility and range of motion. Improved flexibility can also help prevent injury during other forms of exercise.
  • Yoga poses require focus and concentration, which can help improve balance and coordination. This can be especially beneficial for older adults who may be at risk of falls.
  • Yoga can be a great stress reliever. Many people find that the mindfulness and deep breathing techniques used in yoga reduce stress and anxiety. This can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being.
  • Despite being low intensity and low impact, yoga still provides cardiovascular and respiratory health benefits. Certain types of yoga, such as vinyasa or power yoga, can get the heart rate up and improve cardiovascular endurance.
  • Lastly, yoga is adaptable to different fitness levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced athlete, there's a type of yoga that can be tailored to your fitness level. Yoga instructors can modify poses and sequences to make them easier or more challenging, depending on your needs. 

Whether you're looking to build strength, improve flexibility or reduce stress, yoga has something to offer you. Visit one of the four WK Fitness & Wellness Centers located throughout Shreveport and Bossier City and receive a complimentary guest pass. Our centers are staffed by professional exercise physiologists who are always available to answer any of your questions.   

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