With so many types of workouts out there – a person can get confused on how to choose for what benefit, and if one is more effective for beauty (that youthful glow) or one is more effective for weight loss – very few people understand the differences clearly to make the decision – here it is:
Yoga vs Qigong – Both these types of exercises are the same, even the sub types from Hatha Yoga, kundalini Yoga and all forms of Qigong have the same intention behind them; which is to exercise the internal body; although it still exercises the external structure of the body (you can lose weight and get physically stronger from it), the duration of holding the postures (longer duration,the better, and the more difficult or painful, the better) plays a vital role in your results – some yoga is easier, some is harder.
If done regularly and often enough – you can experience the youthful glow from these kind of exercises – but as explained, the duration and intensity of these are the key factor in determining your results.
Cardio vs Weights – These are exercises target muscles and aerobic health. Weights can help in keeping the muscle structure strong (if done right, and not done for the sole intention of building muscle mass, as this limits blood circulation over time) – Cardio works on heart and the circulation of the body – both very important to stay happy, mentally clear, emotionally stable and beautiful skin and hair.
Cardio and weights are great to boost the body and if done right- for poor circulation problems, or a lot of emotional problems (emotional trauma, heart break and emotionally stressful situations), cardio is the best bet; being as breathless from these exercises is important; and if you are a smoker, then these are even more important to keep up doing regularly to help clear your lungs – if you have hair loss, or thinning hair of any kind, then cardio is a must, as explained in our older but powerful article on 10 ways to thicken hair naturally.
If you have hormone problems which don’t resolve so easily, then some light weights regularly combined with cardio will help a lot – you will also see the youthful glow from this combination as well as adding Qigong or Yoga into the mix.
So which one is the best for beauty and has the best effects for everything?
There is no such thing that one is better – as each one targets different aspects of the body, all of them are required for being healthy to some varying degrees, but if you had to pick, then Yoga/Qigong combined with Cardio will cover all aspects the body needs – weights is not necessary, but done regularly can help boost the body and surprise it from the same workouts – surprising the body this way is important, because if you do the same exercises at the same intensity, then you aren’t really gaining much benefit at all.
You have to figure out what suits you best – if you are drawn towards Yoga, this does not mean you should do Yoga – maybe you hate cardio, and this is something you really need – emotionally basing a decision like this is not a good idea, because usually the body doesn’t like what it needs (especially when its not in its best state) – so for example, you love weight training, but you don’t do cardio – this is a clear sign you must do cardio
In general, most people should always do cardio, and combine it with any of the others – because cardio is what keeps the circulation going to all areas of the body and keeps the heart stress down (even if you don’t feel your heart stressed, it is still accumulating stress from everyday situations) – so it is vital to have cardio – even if it is brisk walking as fast as possible until you are breathless or swimming for 20 minutes constantly.
Remember to make sure you have the correct diet – the right diet for a beautiful youthful glow (for men and women) is in our articles on hormones and renewal.