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Yoga more effective than aerobics for obesity
December 31, 2006 18:14 IST
Yoga is relatively more effective than more popular methods like aerobics in treating obesity, according to a study conducted by a reputed Yoga institute in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
Although both aerobics and yoga were found to be effective in controlling overweight and excessive body fat, Yoga was found to be more effective and appropriate than aerobics for the purpose.
The Kaivalyadhama Ashrama located in Lonavala conducted the study on a set of around 204 male and female obese people aged between 15-60 years for a period of one month.
While patients, who followed Yoga and a strict diet, lost up to 15 kg body fat and 95 per cent of them reported their blood pressure (BP) levels reaching normal levels, those who followed aerobics lost only up to eight kg and only 25 per cent of the latter group experienced normalcy in BP.
Even at the psychological level, patients following Yoga showed better results in reduction of anxiety and neuroticism than those who followed aerobics.
However, the study report recommends a combined approach on the basis of principles of Yoga and aerobics, as it may prove better in the treatment of obesity.