Posted by: Scott Davis
So let’s say you’re like majority of people who doesn’t get enough exercise to keep good cardiovascular health. And your doctor has gone the traditional route, and ordered “…40 minutes a day of a brisk walk or biking or swimming- something vigorous and aerobic…”
It is true that those forms of workout are good for your health. But did you know that there are easier, less painful and (thank goodness) less expensive exercises that reap the same (or better) results?
A new study out of Harvard University reveals how a specific, easy type of exercise (everyone can do) lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol and boost overall cardiovascular health as much as vigorous aerobics- even if only done twice a week.
There actually is a way to check the box your doctor wants you to check for exercise, and not pull a hammy or break a hip in the process- try yoga. Especially yoga for beginners.
Research, published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, reviewed more than 35 clinical trials and found that people who practice any form of yoga (from the easiest beginner moves to the most challenging levels) benefitted from doing the exercises as much as doing strenuous aerobic exercises.
Even if they only did the yoga twice a week!
The Internet, especially Youtube, is awash with easy to follow (and free) tutorials that can get you started with an introduction of what yoga is all about. Although for best (and safest) results, it is better to start with a certified trainer who can help you with your moves and create a plan that you can safely do.
Most people who do yoga regularly experience a drop in high blood pressure, increased flexibility, better balance, and sleeping better. And what’s likely the most important benefit of all- their emotional stress levels are improved greatly, eliminating one move at a time, the chronic nature of high blood pressure.
It’s not just for ‘hippies’ or ‘tree-huggers,’ either. Even if the idea sounds a little weird or ‘out there,’ you’re doing yourself a dis-service if you don’t at least give a beginner’s class a try. You may find the gentle moves and easy pace to be the most fun you’ve had in a long while.