Cardiovascular disease is one of the top killers in America. The good news, however, is that massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to lower stress and reduce blood pressure, two of the main contributors to cardiovascular diseases.
Bettering Your Heart
Massage can reduce blood pressure and heart rates while mitigating pain, anxiety in muscular tension but it can’t do everything for your heart alone. Other critical steps in combating heart disease include:
- Active Everyday
Lacing up those sneakers and getting active through walking, jogging, swimming (guess you don’t need shoes on here), or even biking for approximately 30 minutes a day is one of the top ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. If you can’t make a daily commitment then at least try to follow the American Heart Association’s suggestion of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise.
- Healthy Eating
Next up, a healthy diet. This along with daily activity are the two biggest ways to change your heart health. Be sure to make good choices and opt for leaner proteins with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- No Smoking
This almost goes without saying but smoking causes a huge range of issues and is a contributor to coronary disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Get help and kick the butts!
- Care for Your Cholesterol
Be sure to control your cholesterol levels. If necessary, talk to your doctor and discuss your options if diet changes and exercise aren’t enough.
Manage Blood Pressure
Lifestyle changes are the biggest way to make an impact on your heart health. Educating yourself and learning how to manage your blood pressure without the use of prescription medication like eating healthy, reducing salt intake, regular physical activity and managing stress are all factors that can lessen blood pressure and lead to better heart health.