The waist-whittling benefits of relaxing breaths may also extend beyond blood-sugar control: A recent American Heart Association study found that high-school students who practiced pranayama, a form of yoga that involves meditative breathing, reduced their body mass indexes—a measure of body fat based on height and weight—by 5.7 percent, compared to a control group that saw a slight BMI increase.
Want to incorporate relaxing breaths into your daily routine? Watch this video of study coauthor Daniel Wilson, explaining the breathing exercise his team used for their research. Although participants repeated the exercise every 10 minutes for 30 minutes before and 90 minutes after downing a sugar-packed beverage, the growing body of research connecting relaxation with healthier hearts and lighter bodies suggests that any amount of focused breathing could play an important role in your journey to good health.
—Written by Cathryne Keller, Fitbie Contributor
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