Yoga Asanas have a deeper significance value in the development of the physical, mental and spiritual personality of a person.Pure exercises on the other hand have a physical effect on our muscles and bones only. Physical exercises in the gym are performed quickly, with a lot of heavy breathing and exertion.The acrobatic, gymnastic exercises and weight lifting systems are suitable for healthy people to develop large muscles or flexibility. Very large muscles, in particular, require more nutrition and a greater supply of blood. Consequently, the heart and respiratory system have to work much harder. In this way, there is exhaustion of vital energy.
After doing these exercises a young person may feel fit and healthy, but as he grows older, his bodily functions slow down; Problems of stiffness and rheumatism start to occur due to overuse of the cartilage in the bone joints. The overdeveloped muscles become flabby and lose their firmness and the muscle tissue turns into fat. Even a young person, if he discontinues his body building practices for a month or more, will rapidly accumulate fat in place of his bulging muscles.
Gymnastic exercises, weight lifting and other body exercises are not suitable for everyone. A sick or weak person, small children or old people certainly cannot do them. Furthermore, they do not provide the relaxation and rejuvenation which people need.
What is the Difference between Gym Exercises and Yoga Asanas?
|Effective Organs||Yoga is effective on all the parts of the body,from head to toe.There is an asana for every part of our body||Gym is effective only to the specific parts of the body.Exercises affect the physical parts of our body.|
|Loss of Energy||Loss of energy is less since yoga asana offer rejuvenation as well.||Extensive Sweating with extensive loss of energy as well as calories.|
|Freshness and flexibility||Yoga makes you feel fresh and energetic.||Drains you of all your energy giving you a tired feeling.|
|Eligibility||Yoga can be practiced by anyone irrespective of their age or sex.||One can practice at the Gym only after a certain age.Children are advised not to do gym since it affects their growth.|
|Effect on Internal Organs||Yoga energizes all internal systems of body.||Gym has no affect on the internal organs.It gives you outer physical body an appealing look.|
|Stress and Psycho Diseases||Yoga is majorly done to reduce stress.Since it affects your internal organs as well,it keeps you healthy throughout improving your immunity and keeping you away from all diseases.||Gym does not have psychological affect on you thus it does not ensure that you stay away from diseases.|
Yes, they are completely different and far more comprehensive. Yoga asanas are performed with relaxation and concentration. In this way, both the external and internal systems are influenced, so that the nervous system, endocrine glands and internal organs as well as the muscles are encouraged to function properly. Thus asanas have a physical and psychosomatic effect which is helpful in curing infirmities. They can be done by both healthy and unhealthy people, young and old. They are most useful for both concentration and meditation. Other systems of physical exercises increase the toxins in the body, whereas asanas reduce the toxin level.One cannot say that gym is better or yoga is better as both have their benefits on our body.
Benefits of Gym and other exercises
- Keep muscles fit
- Enhance respiration and perspiration
- Helps in weight loss
- Gives your muscles proper shape
- Increase appetite and food consumption
Benefits of Yoga
- Keep you active and relaxed throughout the day
- Help improve your body movement
- Your mind and body are in sync
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieve you of all anxiety and tension thus keeping you stress-free.
- Can be practiced anytime,anywhere and everywhere.
One can argue that gym workouts are better than yoga and vice-versa.