TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEART

Your heart is your life source and needs special care; both physically and emotionally. A few ways to care for your heart are through proper exercise, nutrition and stress reduction.

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart and its blood vessels. Consistent exercise is the most efficient way to strengthen and improve the cardiovascular system.

  • Consistent  exercise is considered to be 4-5 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Cardiovascular or “aerobic” activity strengthens the heart and lungs and improves the body’s ability to use oxygen. A healthy cardiovascular system helps reduce the risk of coronary disease, lowers blood pressure, decreases depression, stress and anxiety, improves sleep and increases energy levels.

It is true – you are what you eat. There are many heart healthy foods that can help prevent and repair cell damage.

  • To keep it simple, focus on a variety of fruits and vegetables, the more colorful the better. Whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are also important. Avoid processed foods and eat foods in their whole, natural form. If it didn’t come from the ground it’s not a whole food. I’ve never heard of a Doritos tree have you?

Stress reduction is also crucial for heart health. Some ways to reduce stress are:

  • Spending time with people you love
  • Physical touch
  • Laughing
  • Spending time in nature
  • Listening to music
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Activities such as yoga, dance and tai chi
  • Playing an instrument
  • Journaling
  • A great nights sleep

I invite you to begin now and truly take care of your heart. Get your body moving. Go for a beach walk or hike. Try a fun class or indulge in a spa treatment. Plan a few outings with your favorite people. Sleep in on a weekend. Listen to music you love everyday. When you feel anxious pause and take a slow, deep breath.

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” ~ Rumi

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