Stretching after a workout is important, but does it help to lose weight? Yoga stretches increase the range of movement in the joints, they boost blood circulation, and they burn some calories. Stretching does not burn as many calories as aerobic exercise, but it is a good addition to any exercise plan. Just five to ten minutes of simple stretches every day will make you more flexible and add to your general well-being. Make sure your muscles are warm before you stretch to avoid injury.
Yoga relieves and prevents stress and promotes relaxation in the mind and in the body. Certain yoga styles can also help with weight loss. Any dynamic yoga classes, such as vinyasa yoga or different variations of ashtanga yoga, include movements and postures that make you sweat, tone the body and build up strength.
The best way to lose weight and to get fit is to make sure your exercise program contains enough variety and includes toning exercises or weight training, cardiovascular work to burn calories, and stretches to prevent muscle stiffness and to improve joint flexibility. If you are new to exercising, start with short gentle sessions and build up gradually over several months as your fitness levels increase.