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Old 06-10-2016, 04:25 PM
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My youngest sister has been doing regular yoga for several years and has benefited from it. Very fit. We've been talking about weight loss and health issues lately, so she sent me this vid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448

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Old 06-11-2016, 04:04 PM
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You going to start doing Yoga now too? I thought about it for the stretching and flexibility aspect, but between work, lifting, running, and biking I've got no free time for it.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:44 PM
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I could get free classes through 24 Fitness and I don't do it. I've done it about once a year for 3 years and always while visiting my sister. This vid got me to thinking though. Running is not a good idea for me, even biking hurts my knees. Yoga taxes muscles with very little impact action. Mainly what I do is swmming and rowing machine. And slowly getting back into weights. I've pulled muscles in the past for getting too confident, too early. Major drag. You want to get going again but you have to be patient.

I had dinner at my sister's boyfriend's house on Puget Sound last weekend. My grandnephew - 5 years old - left his flip-flops on the boyfriend's boat, moored about 50 yards out. I was hearing talk about people being timid to take the plunge. The Sound is pretty cold. I had tested it and it was within reason - it wasn't 'mountain creek just leaving the glacier' cold. So to show off, I took my 64 year old ass out to the boat. Not too tough, but then getting to the boat saw that it would be tough to get on w/o stepping on some part of the propeller housing which I didn't want to do. I did want to show off however. So I managed to get one leg over the side and then one arm up and managed to hoist myself out and over the edge. Oh boy. I got the flip-flops and applause. And also re-pulled a tender muscle or rotator cuff or something in my right shoulder.

Crap. Older and wiser now. No more showing off.
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cmac,

I don't think yoga would make a huge impact on weight unless you're a total load and have been sedentary for many, many years.

I have a lot of experience in this area (not the weight issues, but with yoga) - PM me for more info.

However it will help with flexibility, core strength, alignment, balance and body awareness.

For weight loss, I'd modify diet and walk (fast) an hour every day, along with weight resistance exercises. I think most of it depends on diet and studies show this.
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cmac,

I don't think yoga would make a huge impact on weight unless you're a total load and have been sedentary for many, many years.

I have a lot of experience in this area (not the weight issues, but with yoga) - PM me for more info.

However it will help with flexibility, core strength, alignment, balance and body awareness.

For weight loss, I'd modify diet and walk (fast) an hour every day, along with weight resistance exercises. I think most of it depends on diet and studies show this.
I agree with that all of that but I think it's possible that some activities stimulate hormonal production so you burn fat better. Supposedly working up to your limit on lifting capacity with enough muscle groups engaged at one time stimulates increased testosterone production. Could be that yoga helps massage energy points sort of like acupuncture only in a more easily accessed manner.

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