Knowing first hand the benefits of yoga, I didn’t need to read “Yoga: At the Heart of Fitness” from a recent AARP Bulletin Today to know how great yoga is for me – mind and body. But after years of people poking fun at “that stretching thing,” it is reassuring to have my feelings about the benefits of yoga confirmed by science. A recent study at Emory University measured the effects of a regular yoga practice on older adults with chronic heart failure. In just eight weeks, the subjects improved their ability to withstand the stress of physical activity and increased their body’s ability to use oxygen efficiently. Most importantly, the participants reported having an enhanced quality of life. And that’s what it’s all about – quality of life. So give yoga a try or, if that’s not for you, take a look at these other healthy living tips.
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