Everyone knows that if you want to avoid heart problems you should exercise, and avoid fatty foods, but those are not the only habits that are beneficial to the heart. There are actually quite a few things that are just as effective and much more fun. This isn’t to say that you should give up exercise completely, but encouraging healthy lifestyle habits can make an incredible difference in our heart health. Approaching life from a healthy place can do wonders for both your body and mind.
Simple tips to incorporate for a heart healthy lifestyle:
Laugh – “Laughter is the best medicine.” How many times have you heard that? Well, it turns out that this is one old wife’s tale that’s true. Studies have shown that laughing at a movie can increase blood flow as much as light exercise can.
Chill out – A relaxed approach to life can lower the risk of heart disease. Stress is a major contributor to the incidence of heart problems. Many people think that we’re all programmed to learn how to relax, but you have to learn how to chill out. Some people relax through yoga. Others find that exercise clears their mind. You may have to try a few different relaxation techniques before finding the one that works for you. Don’t give up; searching out your “Zen zone” is one of the most important things you can ever do for yourself.
Be optimistic – Scientists are not exactly sure why, but optimistic people tend to live longer and have a lower incidence of heart disease, according to an analysis of 200 studies performed by Harvard University.
Get a pet – Animal companionship is good for your heart, according to a 2012 study.
Fall in love – hugging, snuggling, and kissing are all things that increase blood flow. They help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, which is great for your heart.
Stand up and move around – People who sit for most of their day are more likely to die of a heart attack. If you sit for long periods of time, get up and stretch, or take a little walk to get your blood flowing.
Visit your Chiropractor and primary care Physician regularly– Regular adjustments and checkups are the key to feeling better and discovering any problems before they get the chance to become worse.
Get the right amount of sleep – Getting too much or too little sleep can be detrimental to your health. Experts say that around 7 hours is the sweet spot for most people.
These are simple, but effective, ways to improve your heart health and your lifestyle at the same time. Be sure to discuss any changes that you are planning with your doctor, Chiropractor, or other health care professional, especially if you are at risk for heart attack.
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