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Fitness Myth or Fact – Is “No Pain, No Gain” Really True?


No Pain No Gain
No Pain No Gain

An exercise instructor calls out “No Pain, No Gain” while everyone in the class groans. Is what they’re saying really true? Is my workout effective only if it hurts me? Let’s take a big picture look at what role pain has in your exercise routine and what we should be looking for as we exercise.

To lose weight, no pain is no gain:

Myth, but partial fact – Losing weight just requires burning more calories than you consume. Most workouts that burn calories are high intensity, bodyweight workouts that are tough, but don’t have to be incredibly painful. I do recommend weight loss clients to work on building muscle strength (even if it actually adds a bit of extra weight) because their metabolic rate will increase. Gaining muscle strength equals more total calories burned per workout!

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3 Incredible Effective Ashtanga Yoga Poses


Ashtanga Yoga Poses
Ashtanga Yoga Poses

It is true that yoga doesn’t burn as much calories as an aerobic class or a run, but you are bound to strengthen your muscles, work up a sweat and leave that class feeling invigorated and refreshed. According to Harvard Medical School Health Publication, a hatha yoga class, which is a less vigorous form of yoga than ashtanga, actually burns equal amount of calories as gymnastics, competitive volleyball, water aerobics and horseback riding, about 240 to 356 calories every hour. This however depends on individual body weight.
While ashtanga yoga is not a vigorous cardiovascular workout, it does support weight loss in various other ways. It qualifies as a muscle building and strength-training exercise, while offering a series of mental health benefits.
Here are some of the ashtanga yoga poses that will help you feel positive and energetic on your journey to weight loss.

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How Aerobic Exercise Reduces the Effects of Depression


Aerobic Exercise Reduces
Aerobic Exercise Reduces

Regular aerobic exercise is known for producing happy hormones, but what does that mean for someone with clinical depression? Can the positive effects of aerobic exercise bring light and life to someone who has a condition that grips them in darkness?

Most psychologists already prescribe regular aerobic exercise to help clinically depressed patients improve somewhat on their own. But what they are just now realizing is that when exercise is combined with another activity, it produces even greater results! And that activity is meditation.

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