Here's why Pilates is better than Yoga for You
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You’ve probably heard one (or actually a few) of your friends gushing about the benefits of yoga and Pilates. But don’t be quick to play down the benefits of yoga and Pilates just because it’s so popular.
The increasing number of yoga and Pilates studious and classes all over the city isn’t just a fitness fad. And even if it is, the two activities offer studies-backed benefits.
And while most people throw Pilates and yoga into one category, there are actually some major differences between the two.
While we recommend you to combine both – Pilates and yoga in your fitness routine in order to maximize fitness gains and find the perfect balance, Pilates has a slight edge over yoga.
So for those who’re constantly pressed for time and can’t allow themselves to incorporate both – Pilates and yoga – into their workouts, there are at least three reasons why Pilates is actually better than yoga.
Reason #1: Flexibility and Body Strength
While yoga in a certain way helps increase your flexibility and body strength, it’s not as beneficial as Pilates for these two purposes.
Pilates does a better job in increasing flexibility and improving body strength. Yoga is also not as good as Pilates in terms of strengthening the abdominal muscles and tightening the obliques.
In fact, Pilates is actually one of the greatest fitness ways to strengthen your abs and tighten the obliques.
Reason #2: Weight Loss
While we’re talking about regular yoga classes (not Bikram, aka hot yoga classes), Pilates is a better aid for weight loss than yoga.
An average 60-minute yoga class burns only between 145 and 250 calories, while a Pilates class of the same duration helps you burn between 175 and 375 calories.
And that’s not surprising, since Pilates involves more dynamic movements and makes you sweat more than a regular yoga class.
But it’s still pretty challenging to lose lots of weight even with Pilates. If your goal is to lose a significant amount of pounds, then opt for cardio exercises, such as jogging, swimming, cycling etc.
Pilates, on the other hand, is an excellent choice for weight maintenance.
Reason #3: Pilates is more fun!
Since Pilates involves more dynamism, it’s fair to say that it’s actually more fun than yoga. Yoga is often referred to as ‘boring’ by those who don’t like the spiritual aspect of yoga classes and think yoga’s breathing technique is too confusing.
Pilates, on the other hand, is more fun because you’re moving more than you do in yoga. While both yoga and Pilates require you to stay focused on each movement, Pilates still doesn’t put you in a deep meditation state as much as yoga does.
Why not combine both?
As we’ve mentioned above, combine both yoga and Pilates to maximize your fitness gains. Yoga is more superior in terms of increasing relaxation and spiritual wellbeing.
Yoga also offers balance, endurance, spirituality and strength. Pilates, meanwhile, puts an emphasis on toning your whole body, strengthening your core and back as well as keeping you in good shape.
Pilates also increases flexibility and body strength, as well as improves body control.
Both are equally great, but it still comes down to your preferences which one would truly work best for you.
MYC Wellbeing Writer: Polina TikhonovaSubscribe to UpdatesRelated Articles