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Yoga reduces cardiovascular risk as much as walking or cycling, study shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7713
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Yoga can significantly reduce cardiovascular risk factors including body mass index, blood pressure, and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, says a systematic review that found it had similar benefits to aerobic activities such as cycling or brisk walking.

Researchers analysed 37 randomised controlled trials, including 2768 people, that compared cardiovascular risk factors in adults who practised yoga to control groups who were not offered yoga therapy. People in the studies practised yoga for 30 to 90 minutes at each …

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