Why Downward Dog is Good for the Heart

Yoga is the hot new trend in fitness these days, and pretty much just a hot new trend in general. Those who try it once or twice tend to fall in love with the stretches, the poses; the savasana pose that ends all yoga practice. Those who haven’t yet tried yoga often want to, but sometimes feel intimidated that their body may not “keep up.” There are several types of yoga, and some studios even have classes for individuals who may be less flexible due to injury. Hopping aboard the yoga train isn’t just about getting toned and penned out. According to research, there are some pretty important benefits for the heart.

In particular, a review found in a past issue of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggested that yoga may be just as helpful to heart disease prevention as exercise such as walking or jogging. According to the review of several studies, benefits were comparable across the board; meaning, it isn’t only the heated, energetic forms of yoga that provide value. Gentler, slower-paced practice also improved the health and wellness of participants by lowering LDL cholesterol and blood pressure by several points.

How Is This So?

The advantages offered by yoga seem to stem from the fact that this form of exercise isn’t just exercise. Yoga involves breathing, stretching, meditative practice, and physical activity. In combination, these actions have a positive effect on the body, including the cardiovascular system. The movement and stretching of the muscles during various yoga postures also supports insulin sensitivity, which is a good thing for anyone who wants to control their blood sugar (and don’t we all?).

Something For Everyone

Because of its gentleness compared to other exercises, yoga is relatively easy to incorporate into daily life. This makes it great for those who are wary of starting an exercise routine, or for those rehabilitating. Yoga need not be a standalone activity, either. This type of physical movement is an excellent follow-up to more strenuous aerobic activity.

Schedule A Consultation

If you or a loved one is facing a roadblock to optimal heart health, you may already realize that healthy lifestyle habits are integral to optimum wellness. If you need diagnostic testing or advanced care, we’ve got your back. Contact Premier Cardiology Consultants at 516-437-5600.

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