Our heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout our body. It provides oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. Without our heart, we are nothing. As we grow older, we tend to ignore if our precious heart accumulate a disease or diseases until we experience symptoms that will bring us to see a doctor. According to studies, the following are all factors that can increase our risk to have heart disease
- high cholesterol
- blood pressure
- blood sugar
- being overweight
- little exercise
The question is, how to deal with it? Most people experience increase energy and have improvement in overall well-being as physical activity becomes routine. But what if you’re not an active type, or have a physical limitation or even belong in the older society? You can still add healthy movement into your life, that is by practicing yoga.
More research found out that practicing yoga can reduce stress and may help improve heart health and reduce several risk factors for heart disease.
In a study, the participants, over 40 years old who practiced yoga for five (5) years had a lower blood pressure and pulse rate than those who didn’t. Thus lowering of our blood pressure can help reduce the risk of heart problems such as heart attacks and stroke.
As we all know, yoga is the art of relaxing in different postures while focusing on breathing. Every yoga pose has an effect on our respiratory system as well as our heart. It also the following good effects
- lower blood pressure
- increase lung capacity
- lower bad cholesterol levels
- improve heart rate
- boost blood circulation
So practice yoga for a healthy heart. You, yoga and your heart for a healthier life.