Pilates or Yoga [Infographic]

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Which Practice is for You?

Pilates and yoga are two popular workouts that, to the untrained eye, may appear like the same thing. Although they do have some similarities their difference make them two separate workout styles. Pilates’s slow and controlled movements vs. the held positions of yoga are just one way these two workouts differ.

If you’re looking to increase your muscle strength and tone, yoga may be the workout for you. If you’re looking for a workout that improves core strength and stability, then try out pilates. Take a look through this infographic to figure out which one is right for you.

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Health benefits of cycling via @guardian

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One of the best ways to explore the outdoors and get a bit of exercise is by getting on your bike and enjoying the benefits of cycling. So saddle up and read our advice to pedal you on.

An accessible way to exercise

You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Many people are intimidated by certain sports due to the high level of skill required, or perhaps because they can’t commit to team sports due to time pressures. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learnt you don’t forget. All you need is a bike, a half hour here or there, and a bit of confidence.

Promotes weight loss

Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you can burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve hopped off the saddle.

Increases muscle tone

Cycling gradually improves general muscle-function, with little risk of over-exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. You will begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, bum and hips.

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