Love your Heart month
As we spotlight the heart this month, we hope to help create awareness in how you can take care of this mysterious muscle. According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) a stronger heart muscle places less demand on the heart, allowing the lungs to process more oxygen – this also allows the heart to pump more blood with fewer beats, meaning the blood supply directed to your muscles will increase. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, recommends you should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Moderate intensity activities include brisk walking or bike riding. Vigorous intensity may mean jogging or cross-country skiing. To derive the most benefit, spread your activity out over several days of the week. By doing so, you can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Regular activity also helps prevent and control risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer and obesity. Adding more activity to your daily life helps to reduce stress levels, increase energy, improve sleep and digestion.
Learn your risk level - and take action today!
The Heart & Stroke Risk Assessment helps you find out what is putting you at risk of heart disease and stroke - and how you
can take action to live a longer and fuller life. Just answer some simple questions about your health and lifestyle to get your customized report today. It's free, confidential and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Go to the Heart & Stroke Risk
Awareness: Surround yourself with people who make you feel loved and happy.
Exercise: It is even easier to develop a home yoga practice when you have someone else who knows the poses to practise and how to properly hold them. By making time for yoga in your life you will find you sleep better, feel better and are better
equipped to make healthy changes. We encourage our clients at In Balance to practise yoga daily as an excellent way to maintain or rediscover flexibility and strength. One client said that her weekly couple yoga class with her husband is “our date night” and have been coming weekly for the past two years. By practising yoga for just 10 minutes a day you can potentially lower your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Fuel: QUINOA is high in protein, calcium and iron. It contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. The protein in quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids. BEETS are a super vegetables bursting with essential minerals and vitamins need for optimum health. Beets also protect against heart disease because of their ability to reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is the toxic amino acid that increases risk of cardiovascular disease.