Aerobic exercise is one of the most influential tools to help offset heart disease as well as a plethora of other chronic diseases. But for some seniors or people with limited mobility, this can be a challenge. A new study has found that practicing yoga can offer comparable health benefits to aerobic exercise, particularly when it comes to improving blood pressure and cholesterol.
The study found that people who practiced varying styles of the ancient mind-body practice cut five points from their blood pressure and around 12 points from their LDL (bad) cholesterol on average. They also dropped about five pounds in the process. These results came from a culmination of 37 separate clinical trials that included different types of yoga, a wide range of participant ages and varying frequency of yoga sessions.