In this month’s newsletter, you’ll read about improving your heart health by reducing your stress. In addition, you’ll learn how to keep your heart healthy through exercise.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women over the age of 60. While there are risk factors that contribute to heart disease that you can’t control, there are many things you can do to maintain your heart health. One of those things is to reduce your stress.
When stress is excessive, it can contribute to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure. If high blood pressure goes untreated, it can result in heart disease.
Reducing Your Stress
Taking steps to reduce your stress will improve your overall health. Try these tips:
When to Seek Help
If the stresses in your life become more than you can bear or manage with these simple techniques, consider seeking professional assistance. A knowledgeable professional will be able to work with you to devise time management skills and stress-reducing techniques.
According to the Statistics Canada, around 30 per cent of all deaths in Canada each year are from cardiovascular disease. Even worse, every seven minutes, someone dies from heart disease or stroke. While there are risk factors that contribute to heart disease that you can’t control—such as genetics or your age—there are many things you can do to maintain your heart health.
Of all these prevention strategies, regular exercise is one of the best ways to fight off chronic conditions and diseases. Exercise can help control your blood pressure, blood sugar and weight, raise your “good” cholesterol, and prevent diseases such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. According to experts, you should do these three exercises to improve your heart health:
Combining regular physical activity with a healthy diet, adequate sleep, effective stress management and avoidance of tobacco slashes your risk of heart disease and premature death dramatically.
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Source: Government of Canada
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