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Poster Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
Whether the energy cost of vinyasa yoga meets the criteria for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity has not been established.
PURPOSE: To compare energy expenditure during acute bouts of vinyasa yoga and two walking protocols.
METHODS: Participants (15 males, 13 females) performed 60-minute sessions of vinyasa yoga (YOGA), treadmill walking at a self-selected brisk pace (SELF), and treadmill walking at a pace that matched the heart rate of the YOGA session (HR-Match). Energy expenditure was assessed via indirect calorimetry.
RESULTS: Energy expenditure was significantly lower in YOGA compared to HR-Match (difference=82.2±42.1 kcal; p
CONCLUSIONS: YOGA meets the criteria for moderate-intensity physical activity. Thus, YOGA may be a viable form of physical activity to achieve public health guidelines and to elicit health benefits.