We’re sure you’ve read countless articles that tell you the same thing over and over again- don’t take too much stress, avoid oily food, make sure to fit in half an hour of exercise each day and so on. And we’re equally sure you’ve all rolled your eyes and said (in the same breath) “Easier said than done!”
But here’s the thing- heart disease is a serious concern and it’s here to stay. If you’ve seen our video you’ll know it’s among the few ailments that strike without warning. It can strike anyone, at any time. That’s why, with the World Heart Day today, we thought we’d share with you, three simple things that can protect your heart. Whether you’re a runner, a follower of fitness experts, a foodie, or simply interested in yoga, our experts tell you what to do. And to add the cherry on top of this healthy ice cream? These steps are fairly easy to follow!
Jasleen Kaur, Nutritionist with Urban Company
Jasleen is a professional dietician who’s helped almost 200 people turn their lives around. What most people don’t know is that Jasleen herself was an overweight teenager who struggled for over a year before she finally won the battle with obesity. Well, here are here top recommendations:
- Dark Chocolate– That’s right, you heard us! Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and is loaded with organic compound that is biologically active and function as antioxidants. It may also help improve the blood flow and lower blood pressure. It also contains an organic compound called flavanols, which, can stimulate the nerve to produce nitrogen oxide, which signals our arteries to relax.
- Oats– We all know oats are healthy, but do we know why? Due to the high percentage of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals help in reduction of cardiovascular diseases. This is true for most of the whole grain food. What oats specifically contains, is the fiber beta-glucan, which helps to lower both total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), which actively helps in the reduction of heart diseases.
- Walnuts– Shaped like the brain, walnuts are good for this purpose too. Possessing amino acid l-arginine, an amino acid which benefits people with increased risk of heart disease. Eating only four walnuts a day can improve your blood levels and support healthy cholesterol levels!
Yogacharya Saurabh, Yoga Guru with Urban Company
Possessing 4 years of experience and his own venture (Spiritual Alliance), here’s what his expert recommendations are:
- Surya Namaskar: Most of the yoga practitioners know what Surya Namaskar is. It is paying homage to the sun, the most powerful source of life, but our Vedas also illustrate that different parts of the body are governed by the different elements of earth. Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 postures that increase the blood flow in the body. From head to toe, all parts of the body are benefitted by Surya Namaskar, so why should your heart get left out?
- Bhujangasana: Popularly known as the Cobra pose, the Bhujangasana has many benefits. Apart from relieving back ache, it stretches muscles in the abdomen and the chest area. Since it elevates your mood, it is also quite a stress buster. Bhujangasanaalso invigorates the heart and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs.
- Pranayama: Pranayam is basically a breathing technique that helps remove toxins from our body. It calms the mind and cures anxiety and depression. Most importantly, Pranayama helps in removal of blockage from arteries. It also helps in improving the blood circulation, which helps the heart in its process of pumping. If we actually practice Pranayama, we will know that most of us are breathing wrong. Breathing is the essence of life and the practice of Pranayama will help us get the right essence.
Amit Singh, Fitness Instructor with UrbanClap
With an experience of more than 4 years, Amit has been helping hundreds of customers make their journey to a fitter future. Read on to know his expert opinion:
- Swimming: Swimming is one the best exercises for the heart, so take the plunge! A recent study by Harvard Health also reiterates this fact. It helps in increasing the energy output, decreasing the cholesterol levels & the blood pressure and improves other measures of cardiovascular health.
- Circuit Training: Circuit training is a workout with high intensity which helps the heart to pump in the blood more effectively. It also stretches the arteries and improves their elasticity, resulting in a better cardiovascular
- Weight Training: Noted doctors have pointed out that weight training is critical for people with heart problems or the potential to have one. Weight training is good for the bone of the heart and the heart in general. However, using your own body weight and maintain the right tempo is extremely effective in this type of training.
So this World Heart Day, pick any option and protect your heart. Join us in this endeavour to improve those statistics!
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