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Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM - Vi­nata Shetty, ACE, ACSM Cer­ti­fied, Ree­bok Mas­ter Trainer solves your work­out dilem­mas

Will sub­sti­tut­ing yoga for weight train­ing still keep me toned? Suresh Shenoy, Nag­pur Dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties have dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal, phys­i­o­log­i­cal and men­tal ben­e­fits. De­pend­ing on all of the above goals, one en­gages in ac­tiv­i­ties that are aligned with those sen­si­bil­i­ties and pro­vide the ben­e­fits de­sired. De­pend­ing on what kind of yoga you are do­ing, the ben­e­fits are largely joint sta­bil­ity, mo­bil­ity, mus­cle flex­i­bil­ity and some strength ben­e­fits as well, if do­ing in­ver­sions and arm bal­ance poses etc. How­ever, if your goal is to in­crease mus­cle strength and size, then yoga is not a sub­sti­tute for that goal even though it is a great com­ple­ment to that goal. So do yoga by all means; it’s a won­der­ful ad­junct to all fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and com­ple­ments al­most ev­ery fit­ness goal. But hav­ing said that, if you want to in­crease your mus­cle strength, in­clude weight train­ing into your rou­tine two-three times a week at least. Be­ing slim and ‘toned’ is a cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect of ex­er­cise and right nu­tri­tion. A com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent ex­er­cise rou­tines (aer­o­bic, strength, mo­bil­ity train­ing etc) will give you a more rounded and broader fit­ness ben­e­fits and keep you in bet­ter shape men­tally, phys­i­cally and phys­i­o­log­i­cally as well.

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