When it comes to your overall health, your cardiovascular system is a critical component. If you don’t look out for your heart, you run the risk of losing out on life (literally and figuratively).
In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death here in the United States. To guard yourself against disease and other cardiovascular issues, there are a few positive steps you can take now to get your heart into shape:
- Stop Smoking
Although fewer individuals smoke these days, there’s still a surprising number of people that haven’t kicked the habit yet. Smoking severely harms your body’s organs including interfering with heart functionality, and damaging or reducing the efficiency of your blood vessels. If you do nothing else, quitting this habit today can deeply change your health outlook.
- Good Eating
Eating nutritious food provides nourishment to help your body function best. A low-glycemic, high-fiber, and antioxidant rich diet can prevent inflammation and help you look and feel your best. Not to mention, it’s helpful to your heart.
- Breaking a Sweat
Regular exercise provides many health benefits for both your mind and body. The sedentary lifestyle afforded by most jobs and our technology-obsessed culture are contributing to rising rates of heart disease. To combat the modern lifestyle of convenience, we recommend that you try for at least three to four days of week of vigorous exercise. This can boost your circulation, strengthen your heart, and help reduce your blood pressure.
- Find Peace
Regular massage has shown to positively impact cardiovascular health. By inducing a deep sense of peace, massage calms your autonomic nervous system which in turn promotes a better state of mind.