Let’s face it whether it’s losing weight or gaining stamina, if your heart’s not in to it it’s probably not going to work, right? There are many ways to better your health, but, without the healthy heart all that effort means nothing. What follows below are 7 Heart pumping lifestyle changes that are sure better your cardiovascular system.
1. Sleep More
Your heart is the one muscle in your body that latterly never stops working (thank goodness) but even it has a point where it needs to slow down and rest. While we are awake our bodies need a massive amount of blood movement just to perform the most basic of task. But, when we sleep, our bodies enter a state in which they need a lot less energy. In this state the heart is able to slow it movement and rest.
According to a 2008 study conducted by Diane Lauderdale, a professor of epidemiology at the university’s Pritzker School of Medicine, getting a recommended 8-10 hours of sleep will dramatically decreases the effects and risk of hypertension.
2. Eat More Pomegranates
Not only is Pomegranate juice delicious, it is perfect for optimizing your heart health. Multiple studies have shown that by adding pomegranates to their diets individuals are able to reduce buildup of plaque in the arteries and reduce hypertension. Pomegranates are also the antioxidant kings of the food world containing more antioxidants than any other fruit including blueberries.
3. Stress Less
Stress plays a significant role in the development and advancement of heart diseases. Not only does stress negatively impact your heart, it also takes a toll on your brain, stomach, kidneys and even your immune system. Now, in a perfect world you would be able to eliminate stress all together, but, since that Is not an option the next best thing you can do is reduce you stress.
Some stress relieving techniques include, deep breathing, meditation, laughing out loud and simply speaking with someone you trust.
4. Have A Cow People
You have probably heard that red meat is not healthy for you, but, in red meat contains essential proteins and fats that help improve the heart’s health. Reds meats like grass feed beef contain stearic and oleic acid which are important for optimizing the cholesterol levels. Red meat is also an important source of iron which helps the body create healthy blood cells.
5. Cut Out Junk Food
Your heart is the engine of your body, just like any other engine your heart needs the proper fuel and lubricant to work properly. Junk food is high in saturated and trans fats that are closely linked to cardiovascular disease as well as obesity and diabetes. By cutting out junk food your body will be able to receive the full benefits of the aforementioned steps.
6. Exercise Regularly
It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle by exercising regularly your heart is able to increase its beats per minute and strengthen itself. Some exercises that are perfect for increasing your heart rate include weight training, sprints and swimming.
7. Stretch For Circulation
Don’t make your heart work harder than has to. If you are experiencing bad circulation to any of your extremities you might want to consider stretching throughout the day. Stretching will help your body move fresh blood to areas that are not receiving enough on their own. This will also help you relax and decrease blood pressure.
With these 7 simple changes your heart will be stronger and healthier than it has ever been.
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