1/7/2015 11:57:20 AM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
The health benefits of yoga have long been known, but a review of 37 previous studies claims it can be just as effective as biking and walking in improving cardiovascular function.
One lead researcher of the study, Paula Chu said, “This finding suggests that (people) who are physically limited in some way do not have to ‘pound the pavement’ in order to improve their cardiovascular risk profile.”
The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and shows both healthy people and those with health risks saw similar benefits from yoga.
Researchers believe yoga’s health benefits might come from a reduction in stress. Even though the study looked at about 2,800 people, the researchers say not to draw any “definitive conclusions” from the study, mainly because there are so many different forms of yoga. The amount of practice needed for these health benefits to happen is also a factor.