We all know how important the heart is to our physical health. Prescribed exercise programs, diets and pharmaceuticals are ways we keep our heart healthy and pumping. Here are 3 fun ideas that can easily be integrated into everyday life.
Studies have shown that people with heart disease are less likely to laugh in their daily lives even when things are going well. People who do laugh get to experience a 24 hour benefit. That’s right, laughing effects you positively for a whole day. When laughing intersects with stress the body is relieved;this takes a load off of your heart and lowers your blood pressure. It really is the best medicine or at least a fun option!So, what are you laughing at these days? Maybe you need to watch a funny movie (a sad movie can constrict blood vessels), read the comics, get a joke book, laugh at yourself or call up someone in your life who makes you laugh. And if you are caring for someone, studies have shown that the patient is more likely to initiate humor. Pay attention and don’t miss out on moments to laugh with them.
2. Recall good memories in your life
This is particularly good for your immune system, heart and anyone experiencing a chronic illness.Because it is difficult in stressful or sad situations to think of a good memory,a study has been conducted to see how this practice can be helpful. The trick is to find an object of place that brings back a great memory. When you are in a stressful situation and can think of or see that object, your mind will readily connect to the memory and you can experience the joy that went with that moment! Think about objects or pictures that you can place around your house that will remind you of the good things in your life.
3. Eat a dose of dark chocolate
Why is this good for your heart? Dark chocolate contains flavanols which reduces cell damage that can occur in your heart. Other benefits include helping with depression, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of diabetes or stroke.Eating dark chocolate means finding a bar with 65% or more cocoa. You can eat up to 1-3 ounces a day as a sweet treat without all the sugar.
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Sources:USNews, Psychology Today, and MayoClinic.