Metabolism is one of those terms that gets thrown around frequently, especially when it comes to weight loss. At the same time, there are quite a few misconceptions around metabolism.
What role does metabolism serve exactly in the body?
The shortest and simplest explanation is that it converts the foods/drinks we consume into fuel that keeps our bodies running. Think of the gas you put into a car. The car is able to move due to the energy it receives from the gas as it burns.
To keep our bodies running at their best, it is necessary to have an efficient metabolic system. When this system is working at a brisk pace, calories/energy are also being burned faster.
The fact is that getting your body moving through any form of physical activity is going to cause more calories to burn. Although many people tend to think of yoga as a slow-moving activity that lends itself to increasing relaxation but not so much as an activity to promote weight loss, nothing could be further from the truth.
Utilizing a faster-paced form of yoga such as Vinyasa is perfect for burning more calories, working up a sweat and getting that movement going that you need.
A key component of yoga is breathing as many of us know. A lesser-known fact, however, is how great the simple act of breathing effects our bodily systems.
During a typical yoga workout session the breathing techniques that are used work to improve the digestive and circulatory systems, among others. When these systems aren’t running at an optimum level they can slow down your metabolism.
Have you ever thought about how much energy is needed to breathe? Surprisingly enough, quite a bit is used. That means when deep breathing techniques are being used, more energy is required while more calories are being burned. Just another added bonus for losing weight.
Yoga is a great way to boost your metabolism and help you lose those extra pounds. One of the benefits of yoga is that it is so easy to get started no matter what your fitness level might be. There is no reason to put off getting started on improving your health and wellness. You can start today.