By Natasha Vani, MSc., ATCP
In the past decade, yoga and pilates have become the hottest topics in the fitness world. Countless options are available, from videos and DVDs for at-home practice, to one-on-one training sessions and group classes offered at almost all health and fitness clubs.
Just who practices yoga?
Just about everyone in Hollywood! Jennifer Aniston, Danny Glover, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart are all reported to use yoga. And let’s not forget Madonna—her album, Ray of Light, actually includes a chant of a common yoga practice. The San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Indians even use yoga and pilates as an integral part of their training.
With yoga and pilates being used by some of the fittest actors and athletes, can we not conclude that they are an effective form of exercise?
As with everything else in life, yoga and pilates are effective if you use them for what they are intended for. While they do provide many health benefits (as you will soon read), many people wrongly believe they play a strong role in weight loss.