7 REA­SONS EV­ERY MAN SHOULD DO YOGA

SCI­ENCE CON­FIRMS THAT THE AN­CIENT PRAC­TICE BEN­E­FITS YOUR MIND, BODY AND HEART

Men's Health (South Africa) - - MUSCLE + FITNESS -

MORE STRENGTH

Peo­ple in a Colorado State Univer­sity study who did eight weeks of yoga were able to pull 13% more weight in the dead­lift.

GREATER STAMINA

Peo­ple who prac­ticed yoga for 12 weeks im­proved their VO2 max by 5% more than folks who didn’t take up the dis­ci­pline, ac­cord­ing to a Chi­nese study.

RE­DUCED PAIN

Lower-back-pain suf­fer­ers who took a four-week yoga class (and prac­ticed at home) ex­pe­ri­enced a nearly 20% greater re­duc­tion in pain than a group as­signed to do gen­eral back and ab ex­er­cises, re­searchers in In­dia found.

BET­TER MOOD

Just 10 days of yoga helped re­duce anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from mood dis­or­ders, say sci­en­tists in Italy.

LOWER BLOOD PRES­SURE

Folks with pre­hy­per­ten­sion who did yoga and adopted a healthy diet and ex­er­cise rou­tine for 12 weeks re­duced their blood pres­sure more than the group who skipped yoga, a re­cent study from In­dia found.

DEEPER SLEEP

Sci­en­tists at New York’s Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal found that older peo­ple who did yoga three times a week slept longer and re­ported bet­ter sleep qual­ity.

BET­TER IM­MUNE FUNC­TION

In re­search from Korea, peo­ple who prac­ticed yoga showed re­duced stress-hor­mone lev­els and higher im­mune func­tion.

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