New Study Finds Comparable Heart Benefits from Yoga and Aerobics
A longtime physical education teacher, Lois Bruckno has
balanced her career endeavors with extensive charitable
efforts focused on promoting health and the environment.
Lois Bruckno also engages in various outdoor hobbies and
athletic activities, including yoga.
In a recent study, researchers at Harvard University
reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
that yoga may be as beneficial for the heart as aerobic
activities like walking or cycling. The researchers
conducted 37 clinical trials and found that practicing
yoga lowered cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart rate
at levels equivalent to aerobic exercise. According to the
researchers who led the study, yoga can be used to
complement a cardiovascular health routine and may be
easier for seniors to implement into their exercise regimen.
The researchers also noted that broader studies
are required before health professionals can
routinely prescribe yoga as a cardiovascular
Additional research is required to understand
precisely how yoga and its many variations
improve health. A cardiologist at NYU Langone
Medical Center asserts that while the benefits
of yoga have been posited for a long time, the
recent Harvard study has helped to reveal and
measure a number of them.