Yogalates for Weight Loss

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The benefits of yoga and Pilates can be found in Yogalates, an exercise method combining the strength of Pilates and the flexibility of yoga. The workout integrates yoga and Pilates training using a mind-body connection for improved physical, emotional and spiritual levels. With improved breathing, circulation and energy; Yogalates may increase your ability to burn calories. When combined with proper nutrition, Yogalates can be used as part of a weight loss program.

The History of Yogalates

Yoga's roots date to 3000 B.C., Pilates' to1920. There are conflicting stories regarding the creation of fusing both exercise techniques. In 1997, Yogilates was devised by Jonathan Urla, a personal trainer with a background in dance and gymnastics. With training in Pilates and yoga, Jonathan realized that both workouts had similar characteristics and benefits and sought to combine the two. A similar program, Yogalates, was trademarked by Louise Solomon. Louise first suffered an injury while practicing yoga. She then turned to Pilates to increase strength and endurance. While she enjoyed the benefits of Pilates, she missed the flexibility benefits of yoga. As a result, she devised Yogalates, a fusion of both workouts. The Yogalates workouts became available to the public in 2002 in DVD form and instructor training.

The Calorie-Burning Benefits

Because the number of calories burned varies according to the intensity of the particular Yogalates program, your weight and your fitness level, a conservative estimate of calories burned during a 60-minute session ranges from 240 to 270 calories for a 125-pound person and 356 to 400 calories for a 185-pound person. The smaller person would burn between 1,680 and 1,890 calories, while the heavier person would burn 2,492 and 2,800 calories over a week's time. Because 1 pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories, a daily one hour workout would result in a weight loss of less than 1 pound per week. If you add a healthy, low-calorie diet to your Yogalates routine, you'll lose weight faster.

The Function of Yogalates Workouts

Pilates workouts focus on proper exercise technique and muscle control. Your mind is engaged in the workout, establishing a mind-body connection and eliminating distractions. Using a full range of motion, many muscles are targeted with every exercise. Yoga exercises place your body in stationary positions, using your body as resistance. Yogalates combines full-range-of-motion exercises with stationary positions. Controlled, deep breathing is utilized throughout the workout. For increased intensity, you can incorporate resistance bands. Workouts focusing on muscle conditioning give your body a leaner appearance.

The Benefits of a Yogalates Program

Among the many benefits of Pilates training is increased abdominal and lower back strength, which are your core muscles. A strong core stabilizes your spine, improving postural alignment. Yoga increases spinal mobility and flexibility. Yogalates benefits include increased muscular strength and muscle tone with increased flexibility throughout your body. Your muscles appear lengthened and strengthened. By combining the strength positions of yoga and the flowing movement of Pilates, you increase circulation and energy, which results in an increase in calories burned.

Time to See Results

To perform Yogalates correctly requires a degree of strength and flexibility. Beginners must first focus on mastering the correct exercise technique and proper body positioning. Yogalates workouts range between 30 and 60 minutes. Yoga exercises, or poses are each held for five full breaths. Pilates exercises consist of up to 15 repetitions, stressing quality of each repetition over quantity. The benefits of a moderate exercise program such as Yogalates generally begin to become apparent in 30 days. While Yogalates may burn less than 1 pound a week in calories, the combination of toning and strengthening your muscles with the calories burned will lead to weight loss and better fitting clothing.