What’s This Research About?

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five times a week to decrease disease risk and maintain good cardiovascular health. In 2012, twenty million people were choosing yoga as their form of exercise. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be over 55 million people practicing yoga. 

Unlike exercise practices such as running, biking, or walking, there is a lack of information on the metabolic cost of yoga. If health professionals know the energy expenditure (EE) of yoga, they can more accurately assess how much yoga counts towards the allotted exercise to reap the health benefits outlined by the ACSM.

In light of this, the researcher had two goals, first she wanted to review articles that assessed the energy cost of specific asanas, and or different full yoga practices. Secondly she wanted to evaluate the quality of the indirect calorimetry techniques used. 

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