LAUGHTER- can be the best medicine!
BIKING- it makes the heart muscle stronger, enabling it to pump more efficiently.
WALKING- It seems so easy, but it is such a good way to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar, improve cholesterol and maintain body weight.
YOGA- Studies have shown a variety of cardiovascular benefits from yoga – lower blood pressure, cholesterol and resting heart rate.
MARRIAGE- safety in numbers. There’s some evidence active couples live longer.
PETS- They can lower stress and improve our health.
BEING IN LOVE- is good for your heart.
ANXIETY- Find a few minutes every day to block out the rest of the world and take inventory of what’s worrying you these days.
TYPE A PERSONALITY- Beware – some studies have suggested “Type A” conduct is right up there with smoking, high cholesterol and blood pressure as risk factors for heart attacks and coronary events.
THRILL SEEKERS- If you’ve ever fainted while exercising or you have a known heart condition, ask your doctor before going to the amusement park.
ENERGY DRINKS- According to one study, 1 out of 5 college students who used energy drinks had experienced heart palpitations.
NICOTINE. CIGARS. CIGARETTES.- Don’t light up either with fire or with batteries.
VIDEO GAMES- “Sitting is the new smoking”. Be sure you spend as much time walking or doing a physical activity that gets the heart pumping as you do in front of a screen.
Eating healthy and staying active are some of the most important things you can do to prevent heart disease and improve your personal well-being.
Making the decision to start a physical activity routine is a big commitment to your long-term health. Writing down the reasons why you want to be more active also can help. Your reason might be better overall health, more energy, managing a health condition like blood pressure or diabetes or simply looking and feeling better. Post these reasons where they will be seen daily and serve as a reminder to keep you motivated.
Properly measuring the intensity of your workout can help make sure you are getting enough physical activity to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Provided by: www.secondscount.org & www.heart.org