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.

Yoga

As part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, practice yoga. This ancient art has been shown to ease heart rate, lower blood pressure and boost circulation. It also increases lung capacity, improves muscle tone, strengthens bones and more.

Try the Downward Dog: Get down on your hands and knees and put your bottom toward the sky. Hold yourself up like this as you lift your body up. Practice holding for up to 2 minutes. Like many classic yoga poses, the downward dog has myriad health benefits including strengthening your hands, wrists, lower back, and hamstrings. It also deepens breathing, lessens anxiety and increases circulation – all important for a healthy heart! Try this beginner's yoga workout to start working on your downward dog and more!

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