Exercise: Yoga True and False
I’ve been doing Yoga for a few months now and I can tell you firsthand—it’s an amazing work out! If you’re curious about it, Health answers a few questions about Yoga. Check it out:
Claim: Yoga can help you lose weight. | TRUEAnd don’t forget about DiseaseProof’s new exercise category!
How much depends on the type, how often you do it, and your diet (of course). More-athletic styles—most notably ashtanga, a.k.a. power yoga—burn more calories and help build more muscle (which translates into an even higher number of calories torched) than more-meditative versions. A 150-pound woman can work off more than 460 calories during a single hour of power yoga (versus around 170 calories for a traditional yoga session). Many celebrities, including Serena Williams, love how yoga helps them stay in shape.
Claim: Yoga cures asthma. | FALSE
Many asthma patients believe doing certain types of breathing techniques can help reduce their symptoms. But research published in the medical journal Thorax suggests that yogic breathing isn’t one of them: Participants who used a device that mimicked the breathing technique pranayama saw no improvement in their asthma symptoms.
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