Yoga & Heart Health

A group of researchers set out to study whether yoga can modify traditional cardiac risk factors. They did what’s called a meta-analysis, in which smaller studies are combined to answer a larger question. They found 1404 studies on yoga – 37 were direct comparisons of yoga to either no exercise, or traditional aerobic exercise.

The results of yoga versus no exercise were clear. Compared to non-exercisers, those who practiced yoga sustained significant improvement in cardiac risk factors. On average, yogis lost 2.35 kg of body weight, lowered their blood pressure by 5 mm/hg, and improved their cholesterol profiles by reducing LDL and increasing HDL.

The more remarkable findings came when the researchers looked at how yoga compared to regular aerobic exercise. Namely, there was no difference. In nine studies, yoga practice was comparable to aerobic exercise for weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol measures.

The more remarkable findings came when the researchers looked at how yoga compared to regular aerobic exercise. Namely, there was no difference. In nine studies, yoga practice was comparable to aerobic exercise for weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol measures.  Take a moment to check out the full article from Web MD Website which is of my favorites sites for information and motivation.  I have signed up to receive helpful and encouraging articles almost everyday.

Check out the full article by John Mandrola, MD below.

http://blogs.webmd.com/heart-disease/2015/01/yoga-for-heart-health.html?ecd=com_blogs_yogahearthealth

Hope you have a great week!

Brandy