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Wellness Wednesday: Yoga for the Heart

By now you’ve probably heard about the benefits of yoga, traditionally involving slow stretching of the body while focusing on meditation and breathing. But did you know it can also be an integral part of heart disease prevention and management?

For one thing, yoga postures work the muscles, which is good for the heart and blood vessels. And, like any physical activity, it can make your muscles more sensitive to insulin, which is good for controlling blood sugar. The deep breathing associated with yoga may also lower your blood pressure temporarily and calm stress hormones.

In addition to these possible benefits, preliminary research suggests yoga may:

  • Improve heart failure symptoms
  • Ease palpitations (rapid or pounding heartbeat)
  • Complement cardiac rehabilitation
  • Lower cholesterol levels

If you have heart problems or another chronic health condition, discuss any new exercise regimens with your doctor first.

Are you a member of the Rex Wellness Centers? Check out our Group Fitness Schedule and attend a yoga class today!  Not a member? Learn more and join today.

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