Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Trends in Colleges & Universities

Mind-Body Balance Benefits

Mind-body/balance programs like yoga, tai chi and Pilates continue to see gains in popularity. They are among the most common programs at colleges and universities (not to mention other facility types like health clubs and YMCAs), and they are among the top programs these facilities plan to add over the next few years.

And this is good news, because programs like this help students and members manage stress and offer other health benefits as well, according to Ralph La Forge, who presented at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

La Forge reviewed recent literature and discovered:

  • While not all forms of yoga meet exercise intensity recommendations for levels of physical activity for improving or maintaining health or cardiovascular fitness,there are still some heart-health benefits.
  • Yoga and tai chi can be easily adapted into warm-up and cool-down routines for traditional exercises.
  • Mind-centered therapies can play an important role in pain management and rehabilitation.