Yoga-as-Cardio

As an Anti-Aging clinic, our ageless medicine experts are constantly asked questions about the science behind aging well, but we are also bombarded with questions about how to stay fit and lean while aging. Because cardiovascular health is vital to healthy aging, we always recommend that our patients combine cardiovascular exercise with their anti-aging therapies.

While we are not physical trainers or fitness experts, our physicians do personally love to lift weights and keep lean with cardiovascular exercises. However, high-intensity exercise, such as running is not for everybody. We see patients with a wide range of fitness levels everyday thus we are constantly researching a variety of activities and exercises to recommend for every body type and age. Recently, we stumbled across a study that discusses the cardiovascular benefits of yoga.

In a November 2014 study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers reviewed a collection of studies based on the benefits of yoga on the cardiovascular system and its effect on the risk factors for metabolic syndrome such as obesity, high blood pressure, and bad cholesterol. What they found were a host of benefits for people (with an average age of 50 and with a wide range of health profiles) who do yoga.

Yoga as Cardio, the Heart Health Benefits of Yoga:

  • lower Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • lower blood pressure
  • lower cholesterol
  • lower triglyceride levels (which may lead to heart disease)
  • weight loss

Compared to more commonly thought of types of cardiovascular exercise (such as running) yoga holds firm in the realm of heart health benefits. However, yoga also benefits the heart through less obvious channels. Yoga is also a powerful anti-stress activity that calms the mind, soothes the nerves, and reduces stress. These mental health benefits compound the physiological cardiovascular benefits listed above. Stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, and thus managing it is yet another way toward healthy a heart.

Yoga as a Supplement to Other Cardiovascular Exercise:

While yoga is an excellent exercise for ALL fitness levels, body types, and ages, it is also an excellent complement to other cardiovascular exercise. The stretching component of yoga allows for greater mobility, while easing your joints that take a beating with high-impact exercises, such as running. For instance, marathon runners take yoga classes during their training to:

  • avoid injury
  • ease pain
  • improve run times
  • reduce stress
  • aid in weight loss

So while yoga does seem to be a cure-all fitness routine, it doesn’t mean that you should ditch swimming, walking, rowing, or running. Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches always suggests that our patients do a variety of activities in the name of cardiovascular health. We just think it’s important to remember that one can do yoga as cardio, as well.

If you are looking to begin a healthy age-management program, contact Ageless Medicine’s Age-Management experts today.

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