Yoga Vs Cardio: Stacking Up the Benefits

Worried you’re not getting enough cardio? Research has found yoga has just as many heart-healthy benefits.

Great news for yoga lovers who worry about getting enough cardio exercise: Yoga may be just as good as brisk walking, swimming, and cycling at lowering your risk factors for heart disease, reports theEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers found that movement-based yoga practices like hatha, vinyasa, and Iyengarlowered risk factors including high blood pressure, body weight, body mass index, and cholesterol. “The stress-reducing, meditative component of yoga may translate into cardiovascular risk-factor benefit,” says lead study author Paula Chu, a PhD candidate at Harvard University. Though breathing- or meditation-only practices weren’t studied,