Jumpstart Your Heart Action Plan

The heart is perhaps the body’s most beautiful muscle. Roughly the size of a clenched fist, this amazing machine beats approximately 100,000 times in a day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. This powerful pump circulates oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to every cell in the human body. Have a heart and take good care of your ticker. Follow these heart-healthy steps to live better and longer.

Just Say “Om”

A major “silent killer,” stress is linked to many illnesses including high blood pressure and other types of cardiovascular disease. To combat daily stress, try meditation. By practicing this ancient art regularly for just 5 minutes a day, you’ll not only reduce your risk for stress-related illness, but also improve your focus, sharpen your memory and ward off depression.

Carve out some time, maybe before bed or during the day when you’re trying to manage stress. Find a quiet spot where you can sit comfortably. To start, say a word like the classic mantra “om,” drawing it out as you say it. The vibration stimulates your sinuses to release nitrous oxide, which relaxes lungs and blood vessels. Focus on your breathing and repeat the word over and over to keep other distracting thoughts at bay.

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