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Yoga can help stroke victims regain balance

Yoga can help stroke victims regain balance

Practicing yoga can help people who have suffered strokes recover balance and prevent possible falls, especially elderly patients, according to a study jointly conducted by scientists at Indiana University and Purdue University in the United States. According to the authors of the research, people who suffer stroke or stroke usually get impaired motor function, which increases the chances of fall and fracture. In this small study, the researchers observed the influence of a specific exercise routine in the recovery of 20 people, with an average of 66 years, who had a stroke. Volunteers participated twice a week in four-hour yoga classes for two months. The study showed that the elderly who participated in specialized yoga training had their balance improved by up to 34% according to the Fullerton Balance scale, used as a parameter between the balance studies. With this increase, the patients became part of the group classified as "low risk of falls", an important advance in this age group.

Furthermore, after attending classes, patients had an improvement in quality of life, to have more self-confidence and become more active. The scientists point out that the study was done with a small number of individuals, but they claim that the results are enough for yoga classes to be considered for the recovery of people suffering from strokes.

Yoga eases the symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia

Yoga classes, in addition to preventing falls and increasing the self-confidence of the elderly, also helps to ease symptoms of diseases associated with old age. A study led by the Emirates Arthritis Foundation in the United Arab Emirates and presented at the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism showed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis had significant improvements in pain with yoga.

Before and after the sessions, documented demographic data, disease activity indexes and quality of life. After 12 sessions of Raj Yoga, which is one of the softer styles, combining exercise and breathing techniques, participants showed significant improvements in disease activity rates. Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis do not exercise regularly.

Another study also showed positive results from the practice of yoga among patients with fibromyalgia. After eight sessions of classical yoga - which combines gentle positions of yoga, breathing techniques and meditation - the quality of life and anxiety of these patients has improved significantly. As anxiety is often a key symptom in patients with this disease, the study represents a positive step in improving the lives of people suffering from fibromyalgia.


Study shows that the consequences of a poor diet for health are minimized by strength training, such as bodybuilding and functional training

Study shows that the consequences of a poor diet for health are minimized by strength training, such as bodybuilding and functional training

Research done with rats showed that exercise such as bodybuilding and functional training, for example, can also prevent cardiovascular and metabolic changes generated from a high-fat diet. It is worth noting, however, that the practice in moderate intensity, as was the case in the study, does not prevent weight gain.

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Five Sports Champions in Burning Calories

Five Sports Champions in Burning Calories

The combination of exercise and a balanced diet is essential for weight loss . However, many people still have doubts about which exercise is best for burning more calories, and so the Spanish Association of Sports Sciences has created a rating. Researchers explain, however, that the variables of each person, such as the metabolism, height, weight and the intensity of exercise, make it more difficult to establish an absolute value.

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