Julian Omidi discusses a new study which found Yoga to be a safe form of exercise.
One of the key components to a healthy lifestyle is exercise. It helps with breathing and cardiovascular health. However, some forms of exercise are safer than others. It is important to know the benefits versus the risks of certain types of exercise. Yoga, which has been criticized as being possibly unsafe, has been found to be the opposite.
A new study, found that yoga is safe on people’s bodies. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the research looked at randomized controlled trials of yoga. In total, they looked at 94 studies. These qualified if they compared yoga with no treatment, usual care and active treatment and if they reported any form of adverse injuries.
Of the 8,430 patients within the studies examined, only 2% had adverse injuries caused by yoga. Some of the 2% already had serious disease related to their injuries. The study didn’t look at the specific types, but the study’s author suggest that other data shows they were primarily musculoskeletal, like back pain.
The study’s author Dr. Holger Cramer stated, “We have really high-quality studies showing that yoga is effective for chronic low back pain in the short and long term.” He added, “If you look at a practice that involves physical activity and breathing techniques, you always also have to look on the safety side.” Many of the previous studies lacked reports of adverse reactions or lack thereof.
Yoga has been found in the past to be good for cardiovascular health. It was shown to help a decrease in systolic blood pressure. This was after 1 year of yoga intervention. The study also found that it helps central obesity.
This could be a great method of exercise for you if your doctor says you are qualified to practice. Never begin any exercise without consulting a medical professional first. They will be able to evaluate your overall health and recommend the intensity of exercise you can undergo.
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Julian Omidi is the co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund, a nonprofit that advocates for healthy living for children.