Combining Yoga and Aerobic Exercise Together Appears to Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors
A recent study published by the American College of Cardiology reported that patients who had heart disease who performed both yoga and aerobic exercise saw twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared to patients who practiced either Indian yoga or aerobic exercise alone.
“The study looked at 750 people who had previously been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. One group of 225 patients participated in aerobic exercise, another group of 240 patients participated in Indian yoga, and a third group of 285 participated in both yoga and aerobic exercise. Each group did three, six-month sessions of yoga and/or aerobic exercise.
The aerobic exercise only and yoga only groups showed similar reductions in blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, weight and waist circumference. However, the combined yoga and aerobic exercise group showed a two times greater reduction compared to the other groups.”
Information presented at the American College of Cardiology Middle East Conference, 10/19-21, 2017.