Yoga Vs Gym: Which Is Better For You?

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Those who have been loyal to their gym and exercising routine might find the Yoga hype a bit odd and may also wonder whether they should take up yoga over gym or not. Lets find out which one is better!

To remain fit, active and to keep up good health one must include some or the other kind of physical activity in their routine. While there can be many options like exercise, sports or yoga to make a part of your daily routine for healthy living, the dilemma remains, which one is ideal for you. 

While yoga is gaining popularity these days because of the many health benefits it brings to your life, regular gym goers are not taking it up as a great alternative to their settled gym routine. 

To subside the confusion, here we have decided to come up with the benefits and differences between yoga and gym to help you make a wise decision as per your 
individual requirement. 

Yoga Vs Gym

It is quite difficult to testify the pros and cons of both forms of exercises easily as both are aimed for different purposes and are very well designed with thought and analysis. 

But at the end, they both share a common aim, i.e. better health and physical fitness.

Gym: Gymming puts your body under a lot of rigorous work that helps in burning some calories while bringing flexibility to your body movements as well as to your mind. 

Yoga: Yoga was developed by Indian Saints so that they can stay in strict meditation for days. They used yoga as a technique to keep their mind and body fit for spiritual enlightenment as well as for healthy lifestyle. 

Yoga also helps in controlling your fickle mind, regulates your emotions and brings flexibility to the body. Further, it improves focus towards your goals in life, which in many health experts point of view is extremely important to be successful. Performing yoga on the regular basis can you help you overcome stress and attain peace. Thus, yoga not only helps in burning calories but can also do a great deal in regulating your mind.

Benefits of Yoga

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Benefits of Yoga:

  •  Makes your active and helps in keeping you the same way for whole day
  •  Improves blood circulation and nutrition supply to the body that helps in relieving toxins. 
  •  Improves bowel movement, thus relieving constipation 
  •  Helps in keeping you stress-free and also makes you resistant to factors that cause stress, thus keeping you cheerful throughout the day.
  •  Gives you complete control over your mind and body, which minimizes the chances of diseases.
  •  Yoga can be performed at home, garden or at the rooftop without any equipment.

Benefits of Gym

  • Keeps your muscles fit
  • Relieves stress and also makes your body muscles resistant to issues that may lead to stress.
  • Makes you sweat a lot, thus enhancing blood circulation and expulsion of toxins.
  • Increases appetite and makes you eat more food.
  • Helps in healthy weight loss and you burn unnecessary calories while working out in the gym. 
Yoga for good health

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The Major Differences Between Yoga Vs Gym

While both are the major forms of physical activity loved by people of all age group, here are some factors that can help in distinguishing between the both. 

YogaGym
Yoga helps in staying fresh, energetic and pleasant throughout the dayGym keeps you healthy, stiff and energetic 
You feel less tired after yogaMaximal tiredness after gym
Can be done while traveling at any placeNeeds proper gym and equipment, cannot be performed without accessories 
Minimal chances of withdrawal effects if discontinued Good chances of withdrawal effects once you discontinue. You might experience body pain and soreness in muscles
Suitable for people of all agesNot for old age people and those suffering from blood pressure and heart problems
May need to take help of a trainer initially for hard yoga poses. Can also learn online through videosDefinitely needs a trainer for targeted fitness and bodybuilding 
Less expensive, requires minimal accessories. Only a yoga mat is what you needQuite expensive as it needs gym facility and a trainer. Even at home version needs some equipment
Youngsters might find yoga to be boring and uninteresting Interesting for kids and youngsters because of their fetish for bodybuilding
Gym benefits

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After going through these major differences between yoga and gym, we can conclude that yoga helps in bringing body physiology under one’s control to a great extent, whereas the control that exercise brings is to a smaller extent. However, if you are aiming to build muscles then the gym is your sure shot partner because yoga may not do well in that case. 

Whenever the question of yoga Vs gym arises the physiology and present requirements must be considered before making any final decision. For youngsters, sports enthusiasts, actors, and those who are concerned about their physical appearance gym is the best fit option. 

On the other hand, for senior citizens, women, middle age people and youngsters and sportsmen willing to reduce mental stress, yoga is a better choice. 

However, people who are engaged in jobs that require long sitting hours, both yoga and gym workout are necessary, as their sedentary lifestyle may lead to a host of health problems. Thus, they need to include a workout that can give both physical activity as well as mental activity. 

Including gym workout in your routine will give you physical strength, whereas yoga and meditation can help in improving mental health. So, we can conclude that people who are suffering from anxiety and fickle mind can go for yoga as their physical activity option, while those who desire to have better body shape and mass can go to the gym. 

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