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Good for the mind and good for the body: Scientists say doing yoga can improve your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and, most importantly, your heart.
The health benefits of yoga have long been known, but a review of 37 previous studies claims it can be just as effective as biking and walking.
One lead researcher of the study, Paula Chu says, "This finding suggests that [people] who are physically limited in some way do not have to 'pound the pavement' in order to improve their cardiovascular risk profile."
The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and shows both healthy people and those with health risks saw similar benefits from yoga.
Researchers believe yoga's health benefits might come from a reduction in stress.
The American Heart Association says stress can lead to an increased heart disease risk, and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It can also affect eating, drinking and smoking habits.
Yoga is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. A 2012 study by Yoga Journal found about 20.4 million Americans practiced yoga nationwide, up from an estimated 15.8 million four years prior.
And Women's Health points out there are plenty of different styles of yoga to choose from.
Still, even though the study looked at about 2,800 people, the researchers say not to draw any "definitive conclusions" from the study, mainly because there are so many different forms of yoga. The amount of practice needed for these health benefits to happen is also a factor.
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Lancaster County is growing so fast, leaders there decided the county can't take on any more roads. That means as new roads are built, they will remain private, and future business and homeowners will have to pay for their own road repairs and maintenance.
"There just isn't money to repair roads," said Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes, who represents the fast-growing Indian Land community.
Carnes joined other council members who unanimously approved closing the county's road system.
Carnes told Channel 9 the council has kicked around the idea for about five years, but it has become more serious as state funding has declined.
Officials said Lancaster County gets roughly $1.3 million a year from the state for road maintenance, but 25 percent of that money must be used for work on state roads.
“That's not even enough to hardly patch the roads," Carnes said. "It costs about $400,000 to pave 1 mile of road.”
Officials said the real need is closer to $15 million a year.
Over the last decade the Indian Land area has exploded with new businesses and subdivisions. Controlling that growth has been difficult for local elected leaders.
When Sun City Carolina Lakes was built on Highway 521, the county took in the neighborhoods roads, providing maintenance and repairs when needed. Now, some developments in the planning stages have been told they won't have the same options.
Existing subdivisions, and those already under construction will be grandfathered in, but not those still in the planning stages.
“Four or five developments that have already been approved, they already know that they're going to give to account for their roads with their HOAs," Carnes said.
Putting the burden of road maintenance on homeowner's associations could raise costs for homeowners who must pay dues. It's a great concern to Wanda Rosa who heads the Indian Land Action Committee.
“That does worry me. We've seen it in a few places here where the roads were a mess and they didn't prepare for it, they didn't have the money," she said.
There is also the concern that not all HOAs are equal, and many have challenges to support neighborhoods, without having to take on the added burden of paving, fixing potholes and drainage problems as well.
Carnes said however, because most neighborhood roads have little traffic and are built to standards, it would likely be decades before money for repairs is even needed.
Funding road maintenance would simply become part of the cost of owning a home in Lancaster County.
Carnes said with the tradeoff of lower taxes, the homeowner still comes out ahead.
‘From a property tax standpoint, they're still getting a pretty good deal when they move into the county," he said.