Yoga has been increasing in popularity in Minnesota, with classes being offered in studios, gyms and retail stores, on lakeshores and outdoors in winter, with goats (yes, goats) and more. If you’re embarking on a fitness journey to improve your heart health, you may wonder whether yoga will actually benefit your heart. Good news: studies have found that both the physical and mental aspects of yoga are good for the heart.
Studying the effects of yoga is somewhat difficult. This is because there are many different forms, and classes are held at different lengths and intensities. But initial research shows that yoga’s primary benefit is reducing stress, which lowers blood pressure, heart rate, inflammation and more.
Yoga appears to have a positive effect on physical health as well. One study found that people who practiced had lower cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides than people who didn’t exercise. There are obvious benefits of stretching and strengthening the body, of course. Researchers think yoga may encourage participants to engage in other healthy behaviors, like moving more and eating a healthier diet.
So if you’re looking to lower your heart disease risk, give yoga a try! And make sure that you’re prepared if a fellow practitioner should suffer a cardiac event – sign up for a HeartCert CPR class today.
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