Can Yoga Reduce the Waistline?

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You'd have to be living under an especially heavy rock not to have seen the massive rise of yoga in North America. For the past decade or longer, it has swept fast across the continent. It took a while to get over here because it's a practice thousands of years old that hails from India, or Ayurvedic medicine.

You have probably heard of its stress-relieving abilities. Yoga can be extremely relaxing. You have probably heard of its ability to stretch out a tight body to make it more limber. It has been tied to many positive changes in the body, such as reduced Blood Pressure. There is another legitimate effect of yoga that is not as well known, mostly because studies have not bothered to properly look into it.But that has ended.

Yoga could help you shed pounds. Its precise, gradual movements and postures could trim the waistline. Ever
heard of "middle-age spread?" That's the colloquial expression for the time in everyone's lives when it becomes
more of a challenge to keep the weight off. Changes in the body between the ages of 35 and 55 mean that many people watch their waistlines grow. Try less exercise, lagging metabolism, more food, and genetics on for size. Well, a brand new study has found that regular yoga could prevent middle-age spread in people who have normal weight.

The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute. They took 15,500 healthy men and women and reviewed their physical activity and weight history between the ages of 45 and 55. First off, those who practiced yoga for just a half-hour a week gained fewer pounds than others. The more dramatic effect came with overweight people. Those who practiced yoga lost around five pounds over 10 years, while those who didn't gained an average of 14 pounds.

This proves yoga's fat-burning potential -- and these people did only 30 minutes a week. That is very little in the whole scheme of things. It is easy for anyone to set aside 30 minutes four times a week. The more you do a fat-burning exercise, well, the more fat gets burned. Some experts believe that yoga makes you more in tune with your body, meaning that you gain an understanding of being full during dinner rather than those who continue eating because they can't tell they are full. Yoga improves your mental outlook as well, and there is no shortage of studies that prove the distinct link between mind and body.

Anybody can perform yoga, even the most inflexible of us. You can take classes at a local gym, and it is quite easy to learn and perform in the comfort and convenience of your own home. There are thousands of yoga videos available to purchase. It could be the most relaxing way to fight the battle of the bulge.

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