While known for her outlandish outfits, Lady Gaga would probably prefer to be renowned as a musician and performer. But as a performer, Gaga has to maintain a certain level of physical fitness, which is probably why yoga is about more than just natural stress relief for her.
According to Examiner, Gaga showed off her superb muscle tone in a photospread for the January 2012 issue of Vanity Fair. In the accompanying interview, she stated that she does strength-training five times a week for 35 minutes.
Furthermore, she practices yoga, runs and tries to eat a healthy diet.
"You know, my work sort of feeds me. I keep in shape by working hard," Gaga said in the interview.
This lean physique contrasts with the overweight body that Gaga said got her bullied as a kid.
Between 2002 and 2007, the number of adults practicing yoga in the U.S. increased by about 3 million, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health. Past studies have suggested that New York yoga classes and similar courses can have a number of health benefits, including improvements in lung capacity, strength, flexibility, muscle relaxation, blood pressure, blood chemistry and stress management.
The NCCAM is supporting research to investigate other associations between yoga and health.