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5 activities for a healthy heart

Here at Modius, we’re more than just technology. We’re here to guide and encourage our users to live a healthy and active lifestyle that is sustainable and we do that specifically within our Modius Life community.

This philosophy incorporates organs other than just the brain, such as the heart.

The heart requires exercise to be more efficient at pumping blood throughout your body.

By encouraging your heart to push out more blood with each beat, exercise allows it to beat slower and stabilise your blood pressure.

Regular exercise ensures that your body’s tissue, including the heart, better pulls oxygen from your blood.

The heart will then work better under stress and keeps your lungs full of oxygen during high-intensity activity.

So, here are five activities for a healthy heart:

1. Healthy eating:

Putting some time into planning and preparing your food will give you a better chance of avoiding those snap decision high-calorific choices at 3pm.

Your diet should consist of good fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado and salmon and a low amount of sugars.

2. Sleep: Often overlooked, sleep is crucial when it comes to regulating your heart.

Good quality sleep decreases your heart’s work rate, as heart rate and blood pressure drop during the night.

Anything between seven and nine hours’ sleep a night is advisable for adults aged 25 and above by the US National Sleep Foundation.

3. Walking/swimming: Depending on what you’re capable of doing, walking or swimming offer some great benefits as forms of exercise.

Walking outside offers some great benefits for not just your heart health but also your mental wellbeing.

Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running, according to a new study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Science Division in Berkley, California.

Swimming is a fantastic activity for improving heart and lung capacity yet is gentle on your joints.

It can improve cardiovascular fitness and cholesterol levels.

4. Yoga/stretching: Emerging research suggests yoga may help to improve heart health.

The combination of practising yoga postures (which work the muscles), breathing (which can bring more oxygen into the body and reduce blood pressure), and relaxation and meditation appears to have a positive impact on your heart.

For me, less strain or sensitivity with my muscles ensures I relax and feel at ease, rather than always having to consciously favour one leg over another because of a tight calf, for example.

5. Meditation/diaphragmatic breathing helps reduce stress and anxiety.

In turn, this is known to lower heart rate and blood pressure, while also reducing the production of harmful hormones.

I’ve found just 10 minutes of meditation two to three times a week calms me down and helps to regulate my responses to everyday niggly events such as handling stressful traffic events and other drivers on the roads, spilling your water all over your desk at work or having to repeat yourself for the 19th time for your child to finish on their Xbox.

So, take a look at your current schedule and work out how you can incorporate some or all of these into your lifestyle because the benefits are absolutely worth the effort!

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