This month is a good opportunity to consider the best ways to keep your health in top shape to help you live longer and enjoy life more. Now that the holidays are over and spring is on the way, you can find new ways to improve your heart health throughout the rest of the year.
Take Up A New Exercise or Sport
A good way to celebrate heart health month is to start a new exercise activity to improve your cardiovascular function and improve overall health. You may already belong to a gym or engage in active sports. Adding a new sport will spur new interest in keeping your body fit. If you have been physically active for a while and feel confident of your skills, try signing up for some mud run events. These events can provide a fresh test of your strength and endurance. Remember to train with wet clothes and shoes to duplicate the condition of the event.
Open Up Your Heart Chakra
According to Eastern spiritual philosophies, the body contains “chakras,” or hubs, through which energy flows. Keeping these energy channels open is the key to good physical and mental health. At the center of the body is the “heart chakra,” a kind of central hub that is critical to this process. You can keep this important energy channel open by doing yoga exercises and meditation to relieve the stress that blocks energy flow. Regular stress management can help to eliminate one of the factors that contribute to heart disease.
Engage in Helping Others
Another way to relieve stress by getting away from your own problems and issues is to throw yourself into helping someone else. Every community in America has a variety of charitable efforts that can provide an opportunity to do something for someone else—and help your heart health at the same time. Whether it be helping out at the local food bank, reading to the elderly, entertaining sick children at the local hospital or doing something for the environment, you can help to improve your own health by working for the good of others.
Take Time For Your Loved Ones
It’s easy to get so busy that you lose touch with the most important people in your life, and this can occur even when they’re living in the same house you do. One way to do something important for your heart health is to maintain the relationships with those who are dear to your heart. The time you spend catching up on what’s going on in their lives can pay big dividends in your interactions. These times do not have to mean big event with extensive plans. A simple walk through the park talking and enjoying the day can big as significant an event as a long trip together. Take your significant other to lunch. Go to see a movie with your kids. Be available for talking and find something to laugh about. These times, though simple, can be the most memorable of your life.