Can YOGA also be a WORKOUT?

I am asked often about what type of workouts I do and how I managed to keep the weight off that I lost (54 pounds to be exact!).  I read somewhere that we should do 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a week and weight training three times a week.  But really, who has time or even WANTS to do that?  Keeping track of it all is exhausting and frankly, I don’t enjoy cardio OR weight training.  Figures that I wouldn’t fall in love with exercise in the way I imagined I would when I began my weight-loss journey.

So does this “yoga thing” that I do really help solve my workout issues?  Absolutely.   I started running initially because that’s what they say you should do to build muscle and burn fat.  Since my legs are my problem area, I thought running would be the best cardio option for me. 

Well, turns out, running wasn’t for me.   

Yoga, on the other hand, does not give me the tendonitis in both ankles that running does.  Yoga doesn’t require me to wear compression pants and two sports bras.  In fact, with yoga I can wear fun patterns and bright colors as widely accepted attire.  I don’t feel pain or stress on my joints.  It’s a pretty amazing thing. 

But for those of you who are still skeptical, let me give you this little bit of information.  I’ve tracked a few days of calories burned using my Apple Watch:

  1. Monday, October 19th: 214 Calories burned over 50 minutes
  2. Tuesday, October 27th: 240 Calories burned over 57 minutes
  3. Monday, November 2nd: 191 Calories burned over 45 minutes
  4. Tuesday, November 3rd: 226 Calories burned over 52 minutes
  5. Wednesday, November 4th: 199 Calories burned over 47 minutes

The average human burns 100 calories per mile ran.  So, I would have to run two miles to burn the same amount of calories in one yoga class.  At the rate I run, that would probably take the same amount of time too.  With yoga class, I have the pleasure of receiving all the emotional benefits of breathing and meditation, but I can also receive substantial physical benefits.  And you can too!  Seems like a win/win to me.

by our guest blogger and yogi: Jessica Perilloux