With spring dawning upon 2018 we find ourselves eager to once again bask in the cool and comfortable season to enjoy the weather and to exercise. However, sometimes our schedules do not allow us to spend as much time exercising as we would like. Fortunately, we at AMS Cardiology have come up with some healthy habits that we can do every day, no matter how busy we are.
Life is about movement. Nobody stays in one place for long, and we shouldn’t be living that way. Our bodies thrive upon the rhythm and flow of life and we need take advantage of that as much as we can. Running and swimming are both excellent forms of exercise, but as we discussed earlier, we don’t always have time for that. Walking can be effective and takes up less time. According to health.com 10,000 steps is the optimal number for a healthy lifestyle, while the average American walks 4,774 steps a day. With about an hour of spare time, this number of steps is possible, providing you a healthy workout.
We Are What We Eat
Making the correct healthy choices are often the hardest. With carbs packed into all our favorite foods, cutting them out may seem impossible. However, one simple switch can make it easier on you. Drinking tea instead of coffee alone can save you hundreds of carbs, as tea is naturally carb free. Not only that, but tea can provide healthy benefits that coffee cannot. According to health.com, tea combats inflammation, which prevents blood cells from hardening and clotting. It also lowers your chance of developing stroke, and heart diseases, and can boost brain power such as your memory. Be sure to not add too many artificial sweeteners, as they do have carbs.
Practicing Active Breathing
Lastly, breathing properly can reduce many health risks, while simultaneously improving your heart. According to drdavidwilliams.com, healthy breathing is practiced in Eastern cultures, mostly through activities like meditation. Simple breathing techniques can be performed anywhere. For example, counting how many breaths you take per minute while sitting in a relaxed posture, doesn’t have to be done at a gym. Laying down and taking continuous deep breaths can also erase tension in your body. However, for this to be effective, the breathing must be consistent and precise. Count how long each breath you take is, and how long your breaths are. Breathing properly can lower your heart rate, relieve stress, increase your oxygen intake, resume clearer thinking, and much more.
We at AMS Cardiology want you to enjoy this spring season as much as possible, and that means doing so with a healthy mind, body, and spirit. If you have any health questions, please call us at (215)-517-1049, or you can reach our website by clicking here.