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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 163-167
Surya namaskar: As an alternative for aerobic fitness

1 Centre for Research and Training in Yoga, Timarpur, Delhi, India
2 Exercise Physiology and Yoga Lab, Timarpur, Delhi, India
3 Director, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, DRDO, Timarpur, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Mantu Saha
DIPAS, DRDO, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.ijoy_8_22

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Context: “Surya Namaskar” (SN) may be used as a need-based short-duration aerobic activity in a confined space to establish as a substitute of an equivalent routine physical training in challenging stressful conditions. Materials and Methods: Noninvasive oxygen-kinetics metabolic responses between SN and endurance work on bicycle ergometry (BE) were compared across different phases of maximal oxygen uptake percentage (%VO2 max). SN, comprising three complete rounds per min (36 beats/min of a metronome; SN consists of 12 poses per round), was performed rhythmically and continuously for 5 min to simulate an incremental BE test (25 watts/2 min at 60 rpm). Results: SN results in a significant (P < 0.05) greater increase of arteriovenous oxygen difference at 71%–80% VO2 max while keeping a low respiratory exchange ratio (P < 0.01 and 0.001) at 41%–80% VO2 max exercising state. Conclusions: SN could be an ideal form of aerobic exercise instead of BE.

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