6 Heart-Health Benefits of Yoga, 2 of 6

A six-part series from everydayhealth.com by Ashley Welch and reviewed by Michael Cutler, DO, PhD.

Heart Health Benefit #2: Yoga Promotes Physical Activity

Physical inactivity is a significant risk factor in developing heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). It's also a risk factor that’s possible to reverse. Research shows that people who do yoga are more likely to become active and stick to a fitness routine, which can protect the heart. A study published in 2012 in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that previously inactive participants who enrolled in twice-weekly yoga classes for 10 weeks were more likely to stay physically active.

The AHA recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week for overall heart health, and moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least two days per week for additional health benefits.

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