MY HEALTHY HEART - both Physically and Emotionally
Your mind and body are more connected than you might realize. They have a huge impact on each another in both positive and negative ways.
Whether you're grabbing a coffee, sleeping in, or hitting the gym, you probably don't think about all the work your heart is putting in just to keep you moving.
After all, it's pumping blood to every corner of your body whether you're conscious of it or not.
But just because you don't think about it, doesn't mean it's not important. Quite the opposite, actually.
Your heart is the most vital organ in your body, and it's essential that you take care of it.
Naturally your genetics play a role in determining your overall health, but the vast majority of your risk for developing heart disease is determined by your everyday lifestyle choices.
There are the obvious key risk factors for heart disease like stress, high blood pressure & cholesterol, smoking, alcohol, and of course a poor sleep routine.
But even the smallest of changes can be extremely effective at preventing heart disease.
So yes, what you eat on a daily basis, how much exercise you get, and how much stress you live with can all be contributing to your heart health.
But here are some other activities you might want to consider when prioritizing and practicing a well-balanced lifestyle.
Take The Stairs
Studies have shown that stair climbing, which is considered vigorous-intensity physical activity, burns more calories per minute than slower-paced jogging. By virtue of being a form of vigorous exercise, stair climbing improves cardiovascular fitness - and, thus, cardiovascular health over the long term.
Be Here Now
Meditation helps with stress management, so taking time to relax every day can be beneficial for managing stress levels. Did you know that even 1 minute of breathing is enough to start off with.
Spend Quality Time With Loved Ones
We need real human connection. A deep bond that’s formed between people when they feel seen, loved and valued. Those we can exchange positive energy with and build long lasting trust.
Play around in the sheets. That’s right, having sex can be good for your heart. Sexual activity may add more than just pleasure to your life. It may also help lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease.
Laugh out loud in your daily life. Whether you like watching funny movies or cracking jokes with your friends, laughter is good for your heart.
Lean & Extend
Stretching can help you improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. It can also help you relax and relieve stress.
Dark chocolate not only tastes delicious, it also contains heart-healthy flavonoids. These compounds help reduce inflammation and lower your risk of heart disease when eaten in moderation.
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other tree nuts deliver a powerful punch of heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Including them in your diet can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
No time wasted when you're having fun and being silly. This is an obvious health benefit.
Enjoy Your Ride
Take the scenic route home, get lost, forget about the driver who cut you off, and enjoy your ride.
Own A Pet
There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. They are also great companions.
Brew up a heart-healthy potion. No magic is needed to brew up a cup of green or black tea. Drinking tea may help lower your risk of heart problems, for example, it’s linked to lower rates of angina and heart attacks.
Floss & Brush
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is very important. In fact, a recent study found that people who brush their teeth twice a day have a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
It's always a good time to start taking care of your heart. You can always show your heart some love and protect it from potential health problems.
What are some things on this list you'll be adding to your daily routine?