By Arun Goel
What fitness program do I choose? Should I go in
for the muscular look or the lean look? Is it necessary to diet
while pursuing a fitness program? What fitness program will leave me
feeling refreshed and revitalized? CONFUSED? Well I should think so.
With the world becoming more and more fitness conscious, everyone
wants to jump into the fitness bandwagon. But this may not always be
the right approach because everyone’s fitness requirements and
capabilities are different.
Why does one need a
fitness program? People generally choose fitness programs to improve
physical and mental health. Those of us who are overworked look
towards fitness as a means to relax and release anxiety. There are
others who take to fitness regimes because they want to control
their mood swings. One way or the other we all seek something extra.
The question is how do we find that “Something Extra”?
The most popular wellness programs presently are yoga, regular
aerobic/weight programs and motivational workshops. People have a
general tendency to stack these practices together under the
category of wellness or fitness programs. With due respect to the
latter disciplines, this categorization is not fair. All three
practices are unique and distinct from the other.
Yoga is a unique science and is the most complete
approach to a healthy lifestyle. It urges us to explore and
challenge our mind, our body and the very nature of our being. Yoga
is, perhaps, the only discipline through which an individual can
truly experience inner harmony. Let us try and understand the
distinction between yoga and regular fitness programs with the help
of the following table: