Each year, 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. What most people don’t know, is that heart disease can often be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. In honor of February being American Heart Month, we’re offering tips for better heart health.
Attaining a healthy lifestyle all starts with one small step. Get healthy in the kitchen and spice up your dinner plate by using natural herbs and cutting out salt. Start your journey toward an active lifestyle by going for a 30 minute walk or bike ride each day. Most importantly, monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Each step you take, no matter how small, will bring you closer and closer to a healthier heart, so don’t get overwhelmed. Ask friends and family to join you on your journey to help you stay encouraged and focused.
Getting your body to a healthy state might seem impossible to some- but in reality, it’s as easy as running! Running has many health benefits, and it’s easy to do. Here are just a few examples of what running can do for you:
Weight Loss: Running burns a lot of calories, and is an excellent form of exercise. Burning all these extra calories will aid in weight loss.
Cardiovascular Health: With regular running, you can drastically increase your cardiovascular health. Running helps increase the elasticity of your arteries and lower your blood pressure.
Bone Density: Running will help increase the strength of your bones, and your muscles. This can reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
Appetite: Because you are burning more calories when you run, you will eat more and have a healthier appetite. Running regularly will also help your digestion.
Diabetes: Studies show that if you run 5 days a week for a half hour, your risk of diabetes is reduced.
Cancer: Running this amount can also help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, including uterine, breast, and bowel cancer.
Energy: Running regularly can also help improve your energy. If you constantly feel tired no matter how much sleep you get, running can help by getting your blood pumping and waking you up.
High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other disease. According to the American Heart Association, some of the most common are:
Misconception: High blood pressure has many symptoms
Truth: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That’s why it’s often called the silent killer.
Misconception: High blood pressure is a man’s problem.
Truth: High blood pressure can be anyone’s problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men.
Misconception: You don’t need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.
Truth: Children as young as 6 can have high blood pressure. It’s a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.
One of the most effective ways to stave off high blood pressure is massage therapy. A number of long term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.
As is the intent with all massage programs, the ultimate goal lies in a pain free and relaxing lifestyle. Controlling blood pressure is just one of the added benefits of massage therapy.