Re: Does Yoga count as your exercise for IBS?
10/12/09 09:49 PM
If the form of Yoga you are doing gets your pulse rate up into your target heart rate zone and keeps it up for 30 to 45 minutes then you may count it as aerobic exercise. Otherwise, it is not aerobic. Yes, yoga will tone your muscles besides stretch. If you will read the book, Heather specifically states that you need to do aerobic exericse.
If you go to a gym, the target heart rates are printed right on the eliptical, bike, treadmill for you to see. Here is a link to a chart showing target heart rates: http://tinyurl.com/y85lx5
My target heart rate is 85 - 145 with a maximum heart rate of 170. Keeping my heart rate at 85 is about the equivalent of sitting on the couch for me. I like to keep it at 145 - 150; need to sweat a little (eleminates toxins from your body like mercury).
It is easy to take your pulse - count the number of beats in 6 seconds and multipy by 10 for beats per minute. I have a hard time finding my pulse on my wrist so I take it on my neck. You can also buy a heart rate monitor.
If you haven't been exercising then start off slow - walk to the mailbox, around the block, or around the mall and work up to it.
I am not saying you should not do Yoga; it is excellent for stress relief, toning and stretching your muscles which they need but it is not an aerobic exericse.