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.
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!