Often you must’ve heard that your heart is healthy when you’re not stressed. You must’ve also heard doctors saying that age and stress weaken the heart’s functions and cause heart blocks, heart failures and irregularities in heartbeats. So before this information stresses you out, let’s tell you how you can fare well in matters of the heart.
While nutritionists may ask you to make diet changes to keep your heart healthy, we’re going to spoil you with more delightful ways to keep you fit and your heart better.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
This may sound like the words of a doctor but eating all vegetables and fruits daily keeps you light and prevents physical stresses such as obesity and acne. Remember when you had a pimple and you wouldn’t feel good until it went away. So to look good and keep shining, let vegetables detoxify your body. Fun fact – dark chocolate controls blood pressure without disturbing blood sugar numbers. So why not make the most of it!
- Play a video game
To beat your stress, you need to relax and what better relaxation than a game of Need for Speed with your child or your friends. Not only would you spend time laughing with them, but you would also make your brain cells work. The brain and the heart work in consortium to keep us alive. So guys, your Xbox and Playstation consoles need a revisit. If you’re bored of NFS and Mortal Combat, check out the latest FIFA17 and COD4: Modern Warfare 2.
- Go for a holiday
Take a break from your regular routine to explore new corners of the world. It’s the perfect therapy for your mind, body and soul. In fact, the current generation indulges in wanderlust to live young, wild, and free. Travel gurus also tell you how it feels like Nirvana after they come back from Ladakh and Shillong, not to mention the salt-water healing at Lakshadweep and Andaman.
- Play a sport
Physical activity is an efficient way to keep your heart young. Not only does the excitement thrust a gush of blood, it also helps in releasing the body’s happy hormones that provide more energy to the heart muscles. It’s no wonder that after a cricket practice or a round of squash, you’re refreshed because of higher oxygen absorption capacities that recharges your heart function.
- Practise yoga and meditation
The age old practice of calming your mind with regular yoga is one of the latest trends across all ages, genders and places. The benefits of yoga increase with every session and the longer you practise them, the better your heart will become.
- Go shopping
Isn’t it stressful that you put in your maximum hours and energy into your work and then do nothing more with your income than pay your bills? Pamper yourself by buying that much-desired dress from your wish list. Those people who take good care of their needs and lifestyle are often known to be more motivated and productive at work. Check out the best offers and additional cashback offered by CashKaro when you shop clothing online and accessories at Jabong, Myntra and Limeroad.
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- A spa massage
Give your senses the benefits of essential oils and professional massage experts to ease your daily life stresses. An hour or two of a scintillating body spa is sure to make you feel hydrated and new. It also helps your body detoxify and feel light while your blood vessels relax internally. Aroma oils carry fragrances that boost your breathing abilities; this whole experience offers a holistic cure to your blood vessels.
- Learn cooking
There’s a saying that sumptuous eaters have happy hearts. Eating our favourite meals definitely gives us joy, but preparing food is also one of the best ways to beat stress. Little joys like baking a cake and preparing kebabs stimulates the secretion of the body’s positive neurochemicals like dopamine, adrenaline and serotonin. These help balance the blood pressure without any medications.
- Listen to music
It’s the oldest way to relax. There’s not a soul who can’t be healed with music. The less said, the better.
How can we not talk about love when we’re talking about matters of the heart? Science says falling in love stimulates oxytocin, the cuddle hormone. When you play with your pet or you meet your special one, the heart is obviously happy!
For keeping your heart healthy, we often forget that the first step is to accept ourselves for who we are. Love for the self translates into confidence and well-being. As you can’t pour out of an empty cup, similarly you can’t love others without loving yourself.
On the occasion of the International Heart Day, let’s pledge to take care of our hearts because …