Your heart is the center of your body, with its own little engine working to keep you going. Like a car, or the furnace in your home, it requires care and maintenance to make sure it works as hard as you do, being there for you when you need it to be ready, whether that “ready” is an athletic feat, or just being able to walk with your dog on a winter morning.
This year, do a little more to take care of your heart with these seven tips:
1. Just Move
The most important thing you can do for your heart is move for at least 30 minutes a day.
2. Take the Stairs
Burn an extra nine calories a minute by simply taking the stairs.
3. Count those Steps
Keep track of your steps each day, set goals and feel accomplished by your daily steps. Have a meeting in another building? How far is it? How many steps can you log in a day?
4. Pick up the Pace
Switch up your intensity by starting with a brisk walk, go into moderate, then high intensity and work backwards in your cool down.
5. Move On Up
Sure, getting on the treadmill seems obvious, but next time, set your treadmill at an incline to do a little more! Walking on an incline increases your heart rate and burns more calories without the risk of injury from running.
6. Slow It Down
Slow down you heart rate with meditation. You can do this after a workout, a walk around the campus, or even just after a stressful meeting or phone call.
Try this breathing meditation to slow your heart rate after your workout: inhale for 8 counts, hold for 4 counts, exhale for 10 counts. Repeat as necessary.
7. Check Your Pressure
It’s easy to do a little more when you’re aware of what you are doing! With that in mind, check your blood pressure! Make it simple to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate with these free apps.