11 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Find out all the ways that practicing yoga can be food for your overall health.

11 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga definitely makes you more flexible, but that’s not all this ancient practice can do. Research has found that yoga can help with issues like bone and heart health, back pain, and even incontinence! The best part of doing yoga to improve your health is that you don’t need to spend money on weekly classes — if you have a DVD player or a computer you can find your om right on your own home.

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Improves Bone Health

One study found that doing specific yoga poses for 12 minutes daily or every other day increased bone mineral density over time. Wake your body and bones up in the morning with this simple routine.

How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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