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”
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.