Here is How Yoga and Gym Are Helpful for a Good Life

We should know how to live happily so that we avoid physical and mental problems. The answer lies in doing physical and psychological conditioning. As per experience of health practitioners, all the physical and psychological problems of humans such as muscle pain, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, heart problems, cancer, mental (Alzheimer) disease, etc. can get solved by remaining active on a daily basis.

Of Yoga and Gym, one has to decide which one is required and when. Yoga is the easiest way out for solving physical and mental problems. Sufficient guidance is reachable through the modern gadgets of computer and ever present the smartphone.

Advantages: Here are a few benefits of gym workouts followed by the benefits of yoga

Bonuses of the Gym and the exercises offered.

  1. Keeps tissues fit
  2. Improves breathing and perspiration
  3. Helps in weight loss
  4. Relieves tension
  5. Enhances appetite and food eating

Benefits of Yoga are

  1. Keeps one active during the day
  2. Helps in bowel removal
  3. Improvements of mind control over the body
  4.  Improves blood circulation
  5.  Reduces anxiety and keeps one stress-free
  6.  Can be followed anywhere at anytime.


When considering the age and mental awareness Yoga is superior because being old or young is not a prime factor when reviewing work of the muscles and mental alertness.
The detailed observation of the differences between the two may be more helpful:

  1. While gymming and other workouts focus on building the body and helping you attain the wanted body figure, yoga aims at improving the whole body mechanism, with more importance on careful awareness control.
  2. Gym gadgets are expensive, but yoga requires minimal accessories and is more economical.
  3. Yoga is all right for people of all ages, whereas gymming and other intense physical activities are not reasonable for senior citizens or those with medical problems or the diseases like hypertension and heart problems.
  4. There are no withdrawal effects with yoga, in contrast to gym workouts which plays heavily on quitting.
  5. Gymming requires you to travel to the gym, whereas yoga is easy and practicable anywhere at any time.

How Both of them Work:

Rehearsal trends in Gym keep changing, in Yoga, there is no pattern change because it is there for over 5000 years. Yoga has much more to offer than burning calories and stretching the muscles. The Yoga involves the mind and relaxation techniques using breathing. The thought process goes on with the intention that all is going well.

Yoga has plenty of variety and has an extensive list one hundred different Yoga systems. Just to name a few we have: 

  • Patanjali: Starts at moderate pace and go on to Pranayama ( the breathing postures) before warm up by yogic jogging and push ups (dand-squats)
  • Hatha: Starts with series of fundamental moves and pranayamas
  • Bikram’s: ‘Hot Yoga‘ Has 26 moves in a heated atmosphere.
  • Iyengar: Uses aids like chairs, blocks, straps to facilitate the movement of the body in a convenient management of the human physical body.
  • Vinyasa: Has the philosophy of moving from one pose quickly into the next another pose while keeping a strict control of the breathing.
  • Ashtanga: Has particular pranayama system coordinated with various poses.
  • Power: A fast and high-intensity Yoga while building up the muscles.
  • Energy Level: Varies with Type

The Energy of your Yoga Asanas (workout) depends on which type of yoga you choose. Methods like Hatha and Iyengar yoga are mild and slow. Bikram and Power yoga are quicker and more challenging. Patanjali: Has both the Slow and high-intensity.

Areas Yoga Targets

Core: Yes. There are yoga poses to aim just about every core muscle. Want to squeeze those love handles? Then aid yourself up on one arm and do a side plank. To bake out the center of your abs, you can do Bird or boat pose. Here you scale on your “sit bones” (the bony bumps at the base of your pelvic bones).  Steady your legs up in the air.; that is you support on your “sit bones” (the bony projections at the base of your pelvic bones). Hold your legs up in the air or boat pose, in this you do the  flap your feet and chest one at a time and make the stomach the fulcrum to swing

Arms:  With yoga, you don’t build arm power with free loads or machines, but with an amount of your body weight. Some postures, like the plank, distribute your weight equally between your arms and legs. Others, like the crane and crow poses, test your arms even more by making them support your full body weight.

Legs:  Yoga poses work all exteriors of the legs, including your quadriceps, haunches, and groins. Particular attention gets paid to the Knees.

Glutes: Yes. Yoga squats, bridges, and soldier poses involve deep knee bends that give you a more shaped rear.

Back: Yes. Movements like a downward-facing dog, child’s pose, and cat/cow deliver your back muscles a good range. It’s no surprise that the investigation finds yoga may be useful for soothing a painful back.


Suppleness:  Yes, Yoga asanas spread your muscles and increase your range of motion. With regular exercise, they’ll improve your flexibility.

Aerobic: No,  Yoga is not known as aerobic exercise. The researchers admit that it is as good an exercise for promoting health.

Strength: You need to experience to realize that remaining in a balanced pose requires a lot of strength and grit – the muscles get strengthened, and any sign of pain or discomfort disappear from all the limbs such as arms, back, knees, legs, and the core.

Sport: Yoga is not a form of competition, one needs to concentrate on oneself to reap the benefits

Low-Impact: Yes. Yoga will provide you a full-body workout; it won’t put any force on your joints.

What Else to Know?

Cost. Varies. If you already understand your way about a yoga mat, you may exercise for free at any place. Three feet into Seven feet area. Videos and lectures will cost you various amounts of money. Yoga is learned quickly with no money to spend. All that is required is time and a mat. That one should do Yoga with stomach empty or should have eaten 3 – 4 hours in advance. The free classes in parks under the banner of Patanjali Yog Peeth are free. If one is regular in the class, the health, and mental benefits are plenty and tremendous. There are no restrictions for, caste, color, creed or the sex. One should explain to the teacher the purpose of taking the class or asking for which area of the body where help is required. There is no bar for age or if one is a fresher. Those unable to sit on the floor( squat) may use a chair.

Suitable for beginners? Yes. Persons of all years and health levels can do the most simple yoga poses and stretches. One may sit on a couch or lie on the floor or bed when not fit or unable to sit on the ground.

Outdoors. Yes. You can continue yoga anywhere, indoors or out. Also, when in motion by air or surface transport, all that is needed is a mental set up and determination for the charging your body with energy and freshness.

At home. Yes. You need just enough space for your yoga mat.

Equipment required? No. You don’t need any equipment because you’ll rely on your body weight for endurance. But you’ll probably want to use a yoga mat to keep you from sliding around in various poses, and to cushion you while in sitting or in lying forms. Other, discretional equipment includes a yoga ball for stability, a yoga block or two, and straps to help you touch your feet or link your hands after your back.

There are many kinds of Yoga, from the peaceful Hatha to the high-intensity strength yoga. All types take your practice to a level of mind-body connection. It can help you relax and concentrate while gaining suppleness and strength. Yoga improves the mental awareness.

Even though there are many detailed books and DVDs on yoga, it is well deserving it to pay for in some classes with an experienced teacher who can show you how to do the Asanas (poses). Possibilities are, there’s a type of yoga that accommodates your needs and fitness level.

It’s an exceptional choice if you want a holistic way to mind and body strength.Yoga is not for you if you favor a fast-moving, aggressive workout. Be open-minded, because there are physical and mental benefits you can obtain by adding amazing yoga into your health plan, also if it isn’t your main workout.

Is it Good for me If I Have a Health Condition? Yoga is a great system for you if you have any of the serious diseases like diabetes, blockages in the arteries, high BP, too much cholesterol, or diabetes. It gives you power, elasticity, and mind-body experience.

You’ll not need to do something like fast paced aerobics to warm up (like in walking, biking, or a water sport). If you have raised BP, type II diabetes, or heart problems, ask your teacher what you exactly you may do or don’t. You will need to avoid certain poses, similar those in which you’re upside down, or that require more balance than you have right now.

A very mild program of yoga, coupled with a light aerobic exercise like walking or swimming, may be the safest way to start.Do you have Osteoarthritis? Yoga can aid you to remain pliable and durable without installing added burden on your bones. You get the added benefit of a mind-body approach that can help you relax and invigorate. In the case of pregnancy, yoga can help keep you comfortable, healthy, and in form.

If you’re new to yoga or have any fitness or reproduction-related problems, talk to your doctor before you give Yoga an attempt. Look for a teacher experienced in coaching prenatal yoga.You’ll need to make some adjustments as your baby and belly grow and your center of gravity shifts. After your initial trimester, don’t do any poses that have you lying on your spine. And don’t try to reach any further than you did before the fertilization.

Your fertility hormones will loosen up your limbs and make you more likely to get hurt.While you’re pregnant, bypass postures that put stress on your abdomen or lower rear. Don’t ever do “hot” yoga, where the room heat is very high.Comparing Yoga and Gym. Doubtful what to choose — Yoga or gym?

Yoga is better than Gym on average. Yoga works at any stage of life but Gym can not.

Only when one is fit the Gym system can produce results for some time or stage of life. Yoga is evergreen, even sick and disabled can get results.

After the surgery, the Gym is far out of sight, but Yoga is there to stay and helps. Yoga will always aid and improve the person involved just by a planned breathing exercise and very mild stretching.

Different systems of yoga yield different fitness and health benefits. On the fitness front, on the whole, with yoga one can expect increased suppleness, toning, stimulating to a certain degree, meditation and breathing exercises.

A gym practice session can make you feel tired and hungry while Yoga invigorates you. Yoga when conducted under proper teacher benefits in case of cardiovascular condition. Fat loss and weight loss get achieved by the Yoga breathing system called the Pranayamas.

The advocates of Gym system usually do not agree on the idea expressed that Yoga helps in almost all cases of the disease.


Looking at the testimonies of the patients and the clinical results Yoga is certainly the better of the two. The Yoga will usually solve amicably and help out in the adverse physical condition, but such is not the case with the Gym culture.

Gym and Yoga, both systems can provide for the cardio activities such as in aerobics, marching, jogging, cycling, string skipping, twisting or dancing, and swimming. Pranayamas

For typical results, it is best to blend three to four days of cardio with two to three days of Yoga, weekly. The two can balance each other nicely. Space out your gymnastics days. Retain one day a week for relaxing. Track your food and lifestyle to obtain the best results.”

YOGA – With Yoga, one can expect increased elasticity, toning, and strengthening. -You don’t need any tools, just some area around yourself to follow the different asanas. You gain the travel time required to go to a gym. You don’t feel the urge to bunk Yoga sessions because of the freedom it offers.

After a Yoga session, one feels vigorous and alert. It helps to get rid of exhaustion. Yoga does not enhance hunger. The ancient science of Yoga got developed in such a way that it acts on the internal organs of the body. It benefits one not just physically, but also psychologically, intellectually and heightens the awareness.

In today’s terminology Asanas work on the hardware, they are major organs: heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, spleen, stomach, bones, and the joints. The pranayama( breathing) works as the software that involves breathing and thought control.


You need gear for gymming. You cannot do it at home. Not everyone can afford a gym at home. Your gym could be far from home, and you might end up using precious time reaching there.

There are times when one tends to bunk gym sessions because of distance, weather, etc. After a gym workout, one may feel tired and have to deal with sore body parts. A gym session may increase your hunger and lead to overeating.

Gym sessions act more or less on the outer appearance and tone the muscles. A gym workout has only physical benefits and rarely offers mental stimulation.


Former Sailing Sea Captain at V.Ships, Miami, FL, USA (retired in 2009). Studied BA (Sophomore) at The Principia, now lives in Jaipur, India

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