ARTICLE: Does Yoga Count As Exercise?
by Laura Schwecherl
Do you agree with Ms. Schwecherl? I say “yes” and “no.” It depends what style of yoga you’re practicing. Hatha Flow Yoga addresses all five areas of physical fitness, including 1) muscular strength, 2) muscular endurance, 3) flexibility 4) body composition and 5) Cardiovascular conditioning. Sun salutations, repetitions and sequences increase heart rate and respiration.
Current U.S. Guidelines for healthy adults is 150+ minutes of moderate (or 75 minutes of intense) weekly exercise. You could practice hatha flow yoga several days a week (how about daily? :)) or alternate your practice with sustained cardiovascular activities and sports. I like walking, cycling, swimming and hula hooping!