The Happy Heart
You loved this article on why it is never to early to start taking care of your heart!
First of all, get over the idea that heart disease isn’t something young women need to think about. Just the fact that it is the number one killer of women in the U.S. means we should all be concerned about it–and learn to treat our hearts tenderly so that problems don’t crop up down the road, when it may be too late to do anything substantive.
Most of us think of heart health as an exclusively physiological matter. If we don’t smoke, eat right and exercise enough, we’ll be able to avoid serious and even fatal diseases. And there’s no doubt that the heart, which circulations about 2,000 gallons of blood daily throughout the body, is crucial to an healthy and efficiently functioning system. Says Ballard F. Smith, M.D. of the Bradenton Cardiology Center in Bradenton, Florida, “The circulatory system does not just carry oxygen, it acts as an exchange system where oxygen is given, and waste products are removed ,via the kidney, liver and lungs. Without a healthy heart, this system fails.”
But there’s another reason to get your heart pumping productively: It will make you feel better emotionally. Exercise, a key component of a healthy lifestyle, is not only good for your heart, it’s good for your mind. Experts have found that exercise improves your mood, helps relieve stress, lowers blood pressure, and keeps your energy at a high level throughout the day.
Researchers have even discovered that exercise may be more of a preventive factor than weight in heart disease. A study conducted by Nicole Bairey Merz, M.D., of Cedars Sinai Medical Center, found that a sedentary lifestyle, no matter what weight you are, is a significant risk factor in getting heart disease.