Physical Activity Reduces The Risk Of Coronary Artery Disease

Are you in the 66% of men, or 50% of women, who will suffer from heart disease in the United States after the age of 40? Pretty scary statistics aren’t they? While cardiovascular disease, otherwise known as heart disease, is the primary killer for American adults there are simple measures you can employ to dramatically decrease your chances of adding to the figures. Physical activity reduces the risk of coronary artery disease, along with quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing stress levels, and lowering your blood cholesterol levels.

Not only will 30 minutes of daily physical activity lower your chances of heart disease, but the other benefits of daily exercise include losing some pounds, boosting your metabolism, reducing stress levels, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and stroke, and alleviating depression. In fact, that daily 30 minute quick walk can drop your chances of cardiovascular disease by as much as 32%.

The barest minimum requirements to reap the heart health benefits is 30 minutes of a moderate physical activity 5 times per week. Those who are younger, fitter, or just more energetic, will receive even more health benefits with 60 minutes exercise 5 times per week. Moderate physical activity is defined as anything that raises your pulse and breathing rate, while still allowing you to speak.

Daily heart health activities. (Often called cardio workouts.)

* Brisk walking. As we already mentioned a brisk walk can be just as effective as any other form of moderate physical activity. This is great news for those with limited budgets. Just pop on your runners and head for a walk around the block. Walking is also great for those just getting started, the elderly, and new mums who can just pack up their stroller and take off around the local park.

* Treadmills and exercise bikes are great alternatives for those who are unable to exercise outdoors. Many of these workout items come with built in cardio programs, which can make it even easier to exercise your heart.

* Family friendly activities such as kicking the ball, throwing the Frisbee, skating and riding bikes are all excellent ways to spend time with the family and get fit together.

* Swimming and aqua aerobics are great options for those who have access to pools, or who may suffer from joint conditions.

* Tennis, squash, soccer, dancing, aerobics, jogging, and any other activities that get your pulse raised are all cardio activities.

* Sadly, housework, gardening, and yard work when performed vigorously can count towards your daily cardio workout.

* If 30 minutes of activity is too much to start, begin with intervals of 10 minutes and slowly build up.

* Before embarking on any new physical activities it is important to get a clearance from your doctor. (You don’t want to be adding to the heart disease statistics by having a heart attack while trying to get fit.)

Conclusion.

Moderate level physical activity reduces the risk of coronary artery disease dramatically and can be as simple and inexpensive as a 30-minute brisk walk 5 times a week. Heart attack or a 30-minute walk? Excuse me while I go walk my dog.

The Benefits Of Yoga Are Now Recognized By The Mayo Clinic

Do you need to slow down? Feeling stressed or anxious? Perhaps you should enroll in a yoga class. The benefits of yoga on the human body have become widely acknowledged by even mainstream medical practitioners. Medical research is showing that yoga can have many beneficial effects for everyone. Those who will benefit the most are those who lead stressful lives and those with chronic health conditions. Read on to see what yoga can do for you.

Yoga involves performing controlled breathing exercises while maintaining particular poses, or postures. The total concentration on the breathing exercises allows the mind to be cleared of all stressful thoughts, allowing for better stress management and relaxation. The ultimate goal in yoga is for the body and mind to achieve total harmony with one another. While traditional yoga teaches that pupils should follow a strict regime through diet, meditation and behaviour, even participating in the yoga classes alone will provide health benefits.

Benefits of yoga include:

* Decreased stress levels and reduced anxiety.
* Weight loss. Reducing stress levels and improving your state of mind seems to make it easier to embrace a new mindset, making it easier to lose weight.
* Improved flexibility. With at least 30 poses to be mastered over a lifetime of yoga classes, your body will become much more supple over time.
* Better balance and co-ordination. It has been shown that seniors who participate in a weekly session of yoga have much better balance and less incidence of falls.
* Improved insomnia. The peace of mind brought about by yoga can be far more effective than a sleeping pill for dealing with sleep problems.
* Reduced headaches. Sufferers of chronic headaches and migraines often report far less headaches after starting yoga.
* Anger management. Concentrating on poses and breathing can be a very effective management tool for unresolved anger.
* Improvement of chronic health problems. Sufferers of many conditions including depression, lower back pain, some forms of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and memory problems all respond extremely well to yoga.
* Lowering high blood pressure. Many sufferers of high blood pressure benefit from a combination of yoga, along with medication, and diet and lifestyle changes. Doctors do not suggest that yoga alone is a treatment for high blood pressure.

Yoga classes are available everywhere, from exclusive health clubs to local community classes. There are many forms of yoga, and classes can range from beginners through to advanced. Yoga can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Conclusion.

Gaining control of your mind and your breathing can offer powerful health benefits. The resulting reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, and anger, allows your body to have improved inner peace and harmony. Combining yoga with sensible diet and lifestyle changes can significantly improve both body and mind. Where’s my yoga mat?

For more information on yoga the Mayo Clinic has an article you may find helpful. http://mayoclinic.com/health/yoga/CM00004#