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Med Sci Monit. 2014 May 31;20:894-904. doi: 10.12659/MSM.889805.

A comparative controlled trial comparing the effects of yoga and walking for overweight and obese adults.

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Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Walking and yoga have been independently evaluated for weight control; however, there are very few studies comparing the 2 with randomization.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The present study compared the effects of 90 minutes/day for 15 days of supervised yoga or supervised walking on: (i) related biochemistry, (ii) anthropometric variables, (iii) body composition, (iv) postural stability, and (v) bilateral hand grip strength in overweight and obese persons. Sixty-eight participants, of whom 5 were overweight (BMI ≥25 kg/m2) and 63 were obese (BMI ≥30 kg/m2; group mean age ±S.D., 36.4±11.2 years; 35 females), were randomized as 2 groups - (i) a yoga group and (ii) a walking group - given the same diet.

RESULTS:

All differences were pre-post changes within each group. Both groups showed a significant (p<0.05; repeated measures ANOVA, post-hoc analyses) decrease in: BMI, waist circumference, hip circumference, lean mass, body water, and total cholesterol. The yoga group increased serum leptin (p<0.01) and decreased LDL cholesterol (p<0.05). The walking group decreased serum adiponectin (p<0.05) and triglycerides (p<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Both yoga and walking improved anthropometric variables and serum lipid profile in overweight and obese persons. The possible implications are discussed.

PMID:
24878827
PMCID:
PMC4051462
DOI:
10.12659/MSM.889805
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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