Yoga has been around for thousands of years and is used to experience increased relaxation, tranquility and spiritual insights. Traditional yoga is done slowly with a focus on stretching, breathing and meditation.
In recent years, yoga has seen a huge resurgence as more and more people use it to increase flexibility and enhance emotional and physical well-being. While yoga does not replace the moderate physical activity recommended by the American Heart Association, is can be a good way to prevent or moderate the possibilities of cardiovascular disease.
Recent studies have shown that yoga may also be good for your heart as a preventive measure. As part of an overall healthy life style, or as a means toward a lifestyle change, yoga has been shown to have proven benefits. Studies have shown that yoga can help you lower your blood pressure and increase lung capacity while also boosting circulation and muscle tone. It has also been shown to reduce stress which is good for preventing many medical issues beyond just heart health. And, yoga is something that can be done at any age, so older individuals can participate at any time and still realize the benefits.
Stress can have a tremendous adverse effect on heart health and even lead to a heart attack. Yoga’s calming effect and focus on breathing and accompanying circulation boost can counteract the negative effects that stress has on the body, and thus the heart. Often the benefits can be seen right away.
The American Heart Association still recommends 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five times a week to gain benefits of weight loss and lower cholesterol, but adding yoga to your routine will help you see added calming and stress-reducing benefits.
As with any addition of physical activity to your routine, check with your health care professional before you start.
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