Health & Spirit

Yoga and aerobics for the heart

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

What do LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love have in common? If you said they're championship-winning basketball players (one is retired), you'd be right. But it turns out they share something else: They do yoga to improve their on-court performance. "Yoga helps me calm down and ... center my energy so I'm balanced, instead of going out there and just spreading my energy all over the court," Garnett said during his championship season in Boston. Kevin Love has made a series of yoga videos. He says that yoga gives him a competitive advantage in the NBA. You can see his videos, along with LeBron's, on YouTube.

The good news? It turns out you can gain that focus and more from yoga. New research presented at the American College of Cardiology Middle East Conference this October in Dubai shows that practicing yoga, along with exercising, can dramatically reduce your heart disease risk factors. The study followed 750 people previously diagnosed with coronary heart disease: One group practiced yoga; one followed an aerobic exercise plan; and a third did both yoga and exercise. While all groups saw their bad cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and waist circumference decline, those who did yoga and exercise saw a two times greater reduction in those heart disease risk factors!

Whether you're a pro, an amateur or a workout newbie, yoga can help improve your stamina, focus, heart health and athletic performance in basketball, softball, golf, squash ... whatever. Sunrise salutation and 10,000 steps a day, here you come!



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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