Four Fun Ways to Strengthen Your Heart

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. While we work hard to keep our heart healthy by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking, there are additional enjoyable ways to keep your heart pumping strong.

• Take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy a vacation. Studies show that taking time off can cut your heart attack odds by one-third.
• Yes, maintaining a healthy diet is important, but indulging in some dark chocolate or a chocolate covered fruit can lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
• You shouldn’t feel guilty for sleeping in on the weekends since your heart can use some more rest too.
• Spending 10 to 15 minutes in the sun helps your vitamin D intake, lowering blood pressure and attacking plaque buildup in the arteries.

 

-Gulf Coast Healthy Living, Winter 2016