New research finds incorporating yoga to one’s regular exercise regimen may help improve cardiovascular health and well-being.
The results can be read at the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
60 participants with hypertension took part in the study. They were assigned to an exercise training program for a three-month timespan, performing 15 minutes of yoga or stretching, as well as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Cardiovascular indicators, such as blood pressure and glucose levels, were examined.
“At baseline, there was no difference in age, sex, smoking status, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, lipid and glucose levels, and Framingham Risk Score between groups.,” according to the researchers.
“In patients with hypertension, the practice of yoga incorporated in a 3-month exercise training program was associated with greater improvement in resting blood pressure and heart rate and Reynolds Risk Score compared with stretching.”