Heart Healthy Habits

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Habits influence how we live our lives. As New York Times writer Charles Duhigg explains in his recent book The Power of Habit, habits are essentially patterns that help shape every aspect of our lives. As we know, some habits can be good for us, such as exercising, while other habits can be detrimental to our health, such as smoking.

So, we understand the importance of habits in our daily lives, what are the good habits we need to focus on to maintain our heart health?

Quit Smoking.  We know smoking is bad for our health and that research shows quitting smoking reduces our heart risk. Now is the time to quit!

Consistent Exercise.  Regular physical activity has many benefits such as helping you quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase HDL cholesterol.  Doing aerobic exercise — using large muscles of the legs and arms — on most days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes helps your heart work more efficiently. Physical activities to improve your strength, flexibility and balance help you stay agile as you age. 

Manage Stress.  It’s important to learn how to recognize how stress affects you, learn how to deal with it, and develop healthy habits to ease your stress. Stress is your body’s response to change. The body reacts to it by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. Constant or continuous stress can be harmful to your heart health. The good news is you can actively manage your stress before it becomes a problem.

Eat Healthy.  Do you really know what it means to eat healthy?  “Eating a healthy diet is not about good foods and bad foods in isolation from the rest of your diet – it’s about the overall diet,” said Robert Eckel, M.D.  Visit a nutritionist to learn more about healthy eating habits.

Get a Massage!  An increasing number of research studies reveal that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure and increases blood circulation. The Woodhouse Day Spa is here to help you reduce your risk, as well as relax and rejuvenate.

Now is the time to take action and make positive changes to prevent heart disease.  The Woodhouse Day Spa is excited about becoming a regular part of your health regime.  


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