Hate cardio but also hate the idea of having a stroke? Good news! A new European study found that doing yoga could be as effective as cycling or brisk walks in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
“This review helps strengthen the evidence base for yoga as a potentially effective therapy for cardiovascular and metabolic health,” say the authors, who are from the Netherlands and the US.
The results from the study come from analysis of 37 previous control trials researching whether yoga could be beneficial for heart health. 35 of the 37 trials concluded that those who practiced yoga benefited measurably compared with those who did not exercise.
Compared to those who did not exercise, those who performed yoga had significant improvement in their body mass index, systolic blood pressure and levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol), as well as higher levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol).
So if you're not in a cycling mood, downward-facing dog could be just as great of a workout.