If you like reading the latest fitness news stories, you may have come across a new entry in the Globe and Mail's healthy living blog concerning the relative merits of yoga and weightlifting. Author and trainer Kathleen Trotter had some interesting things to say about the two.
For one thing, she noted that yoga may be better for joint health and overall muscle toning, even though it does not build as much muscle as weightlifting typically does.
In response to a reader question about what to use to allay shoulder pain, Trotter said that yoga is usually much easier on joints, whereas pumping iron can actually make joint aches worse.
She added that for someone who wants to try both activities, the best course of action is to start the week with one day of weightlifting and then spend the remaining days doing yoga, stretching, deep breathing and meditation.
In other words, unless you are looking to become a bodybuilder, yoga is typically better suited for almost anyone.
The holistic mind-body system can increase flexibility, improve breathing, reduce stress and contribute to a profound sense of peace.