Whenever you talk about physical exercise as one of the means used to lose weight, there is a novelty that promises to be the great ally to achieve this goal.
And an activity that has been conquering more and more people in recent years is Hot Yoga. His arrival in Brazil is relatively recent, from about 3 years to now being developed and creating followers. Let's understand now exactly how it works and if Hot Yoga really slims.
But what, after all, is Hot Yoga?
This is an old technique, but has become popular in the last four decades. There are several modalities, but the best known here is Bikram Yoga, which bears the name of the creator of this style - Bikram Choudhury.
In this embodiment a sequence of two breathing exercises and 26 positions is performed for 90 minutes in a room heated to a temperature of 40 ° to 42 °. The warm environment helps increase flexibility, heats muscles and the risk of injury becomes much less. The heat makes the body more malleable, facilitating movements and postures.
Does Hot Yoga Slim? How it works?
Many practitioners claim that Hot Yoga is weight loss. But is this really true?
The goal is not slimming, but Hot Yoga slims by the intensity of the exercises - or postures. Heat makes stretching easier - muscles, ligaments and tendons become more flexible and allow practitioners to advance postures more quickly - this can be exercise done at the time of changing postures (which should be quick and we know that yoga postures are not the easiest), and the effort to achieve and maintain a certain position, to do lose weight.
Burning calories in a class is estimated to be quite significant, as well as a few pounds in a single session - this It is impressive, but here is a variable that must be considered, which is the loss of liquids, not fat, during class.
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As the environment of Hot Yoga is overheated, perspiration is intense and through sweat are eliminated water, minerals and toxins, and with this, the body becomes lighter, leading to the false understanding of loss of Weight. But as soon as the water is replenished, the body is rehydrated and the normal weight returns.
Its continuous practice helps in fighting fatigue and stress - it is known that stress has the ability to slow down metabolism and cause the body to inhibit the ability to burn fat. So, indirectly, by combating stress, Hot Yoga will already be helping with the acceleration of metabolism, which in turn will promote fat burning. In addition, it also promotes other benefits: it works both body and mind, lengthens, defines muscles and greatly improves physical conditioning.
Some experts assert that Hot Yoga can not be a substitute for aerobic exercise, but that it should be combined with an aerobic exercise so that you have a great exercise program to maintain good health and good form.
Here is an important observation: there are at least two positions of Hot Yoga that appear as, among other things, help in the elimination of abdominal fat: the postureArda-Chandrasana with Pada-Hastasanaand theDandayamana-Bibhaktapada Janushirasana.
Hot Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, regardless of fitness. Progress is rapid due to its repetitive methods and the benefits are already noticed in the first classes. Activity works as a means to achieve good concentration, determination and discipline, mental and bodily - and these values obtained, we will lead to other aspects of our lives.
For those who think repetitive exercise becomes boring, it is a mistake. This is the secret of the activity - the challenge of the postures, which are improved with each class. It is in that moment that determination, discipline, self-control and self-knowledge are worked and incorporated into the life of the person, who will use them in other situations of life.
Some Recommendations for Practicing Hot Yoga
- Excessive sweating can result in dehydration, but this can be prevented by ingestion of water during class.
- In order to avoid the risk of hyperthermia, which is the abnormal rise in body heat, a simple hydration and rest breaks during classes reduce this risk.
- Some health conditions, such as sclerosis, epilepsy and cardiac complications, are sensitive to heat. Therefore it is recommended that before starting Hot Yoga, a doctor be consulted.
- If heat causes symptoms such as nausea, weakness, dizziness and headaches, the person should stop immediately and leave the room to recover. In this case it is also advisable to seek medical advice.
- Pregnant women can practice as long as they have practiced traditional Yoga before and have sought guidance from a physician.
Other Benefits of Hot Yoga
- Reduction of symptoms of some diseases
In addition to the benefits already mentioned, Hot Yoga also works as a super ally to help reduce symptoms of many diseases and symptoms.
- Asthma and bronchitis can be alleviated through Hot Yoga
According to the postures, there is one that helps those who have respiratory problems such as asthma:Pranayama, which is the posture that helps expand the lungs and chest, allowing the lungs to use their capacity by up to 90% - in general only 10% is used, and only using that percentage is what makes us susceptible to asthma and other respiratory problems, such as bronchitis.
- Arthritis and diabetes
The postureUtkatasanahelps to relieve gout, rheumatism and arthritis in the legs. THETadasanaand thePadangustasanaalso help with arthritis.
The postureDandayamana-Bibhaktapada Janushirasanahelps in controlling diabetes because it balances the sugar level, helps in memory loss and depression.
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