A new study found that yoga can be just as beneficial to your heart as other aerobic activity. The study, by Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that practicing yoga “lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.” These positive results compared similarly to the people who did aerobic exercise instead. However, MORE studies need to be done, especially on what types of yoga are the most helpful.
The findings were based on 37 randomized and controlled clinical trials involving 2,768 people with an average age of 50 monitored for anywhere from 12 weeks to one year through December 2013. The study examined participants who practiced yoga compared to no exercise or yoga compared to aerobic exercise.
“Those who did yoga had significant improvements in a range of risk factors. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) dropped by an average of 5.21 mm Hg, and diastolic pressure (the bottom number) dropped 4.9 mm HG. LDL “bad” cholesterol fell by an average 12.14 mg/dl and HDL “good” cholesterol rose by an average 3.20 mg/dl. Average heart rate was lower by a little over 5 beats per minute and weight loss averaged a bit over 5 pounds.“-
… Sun salutations and downward dogs for the win! much love.
other sources: yogadork; reuters