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October 2017 Mall Walker Newsletter

Yoga May Be Good for Your Heart

According to the American Heart Association, yoga can assist in heart disease prevention as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Its poses, movements, breathing and music can help lower blood pressure, improve respiratory function and heart rate, improve circulation, improve muscle tone and increase overall well-being by decreasing stress.

The practice of yoga may help you learn how to dampen your body’s reaction to stress, allowing your body to more easily shift back to a relaxed state after a stressful one. Learning to relax through yoga may even reduce the internal inflammation that results from stress and contributes to heart disease.

Studies show that people who are physically inactive have twice the risk for heart disease as those who are active. And, generally, yoga participants are more likely to be active with other types of exercise and activity, thus benefitting the heart. However, keep in mind that yoga doesn’t count toward your need for 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity to keep your heart, lungs and circulatory system healthy. Brisk walking 30 minutes per day 5 days per week is a good way to accomplish that. Your Great Lakes Mall Walking program has you covered there – rain or shine! Remember to include stretching, flexibility and strengthening exercises 2 days per week for an optimal physical activity plan.

For yoga classes, check the schedule at the Lake Health Wellness Institute or by visiting www.lakehealth.org.

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