Athletes, yogis and individuals with sedentary lifestyles; do their lung functions differ?
Indian journal of physiology and pharmacology
Short Title: Indian J.Physiol.Pharmacol.
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2006
Pages: 76 - 80
Sources ID: 30306
Notes: LR: 20151119; JID: 0374707; 2007/09/20 09:00 [pubmed]; 2007/10/10 09:00 [medline]; 2007/09/20 09:00 [entrez]; ppublish
Collection: Yoga-Based Medical Interventions
Visibility: Public (group default)
Buffalo health study concluded that pulmonary function is a long-term predictor for overall survival rates. It is essential to be involved in physical activity or sports which help in achieving better lung function. Cross sectional observation study was conducted to determine if yoga and athletic activity (running) are associated with better lung functions as compared to subjects with sedentary lifestyles and how does athletes and yogis differ in lung function. Spirometric parameters were assessed in randomly selected 60 healthy male, non-smoking; non-obese subjects-athletes, yogis and sedentary workers. The groups differed significantly in FEV1 and PEFR. The highest mean FEV1 and PEFR were observed in yogis. Both yogis and athletes had significantly better FEV1 as compared to sedentary workers. Yogis also had significantly better PEFR as compared to sedentary workers and athletes. Yogis and athletes had similar lung functions except for better PEFR amongst yogis. Involvement in daily physical activity or sport preferably yoga can help in achieving better pulmonary function.