GOOD AT HEART;FIGHTING FIT

A normal healthy heart is a strong,muscular pump, a little larger than a fist. With heart failure , the heart muscle becomes too weak or too stiff to work properly. The heart cannot pump efficiently enough to meet the body’s need for blood and oxygen.  HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY?- SLEEP- The heart is a muscle that needs recovery. It heals and recovers when we sleep. Sleeping less creates unnecessary stress on our heart,increases inflammation,spikes up blood pressure and makes heart beat irregular. Additionally,lack of sleep can cause lack of motivation to work out,cravings for sugar,coffee and food. EMOTIONS- Negative emotions like anger,jealously,hatred,guilt your heart your heart,while positive emotions like happiness,gratitude,boost heart health.  PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- Sitting is the new smoking. The more you sit the unhealthier your heart is going to be. It doesn’t matter if you work out one hour in the gym and you are going to be sitting for the next nine hours. This is called a sedentary active.  MAKE THESE CHANGES-  Swap refined oils with cold pressed,unrefined oils- refined vegetables oils are rich in omega 6^fatty acids. Omega 6 is harmful to health as it causes inflammation and oxidation stress in the body. It is also important to focus on the right quantity of refined oil as excess can be harmful.  Make pranayam a habit- one deep inhale and deeper exhale helps drop your blood pressure a notch. It is one of the most powerful ways to manage high BP, both systolic and diastolic values.  Introduce heart healthy fats- desi ghee, coconut oil,egg yolks,walnuts,flax seeds,chia seeds,sunflower seeds,almonds and other cold pressed oils are good for you in the right quality and quantity.  Pass the salt shaker- refined varieties of salt can lead to inflammation  in the body. Switch to pink or rock salt,but under complete medical supervision,especially if you are a kidney patient. Fix low vitamin D levels– the UV rays of the sun interact with cholesterol in our body to make vitamin D .so if you have low cholesterol levels, chances are you are also vitamin D deficient. At the same time,if you have low vitamin D levels, your liver gets a signal to produce more cholesterol because your body wants to naturally increase vitamin D levels.  So,boost vitamin D levels if they are below normal.

GETTING FIT UNDER WATER

Swimming pool offers relief from summer heat, and makes for an excellent exercising ground. Picture underwater squats and lunges. Exercising in the pool is a good alternative to unload the body when it fatigues from intense land-based exercises. Aqua-jogging, flutter-kicking, leg-lifts, standing water push-ups and arm-curls are some easy to do water exercises. Many pools and gyms are offering regular batches in water-boxing, aqua-step as well as introducing specialised equipment that can be used for different exercises underwater. Underwater strength training is the newest to join the water workouts bandwagon.…

6 Ways To Stay Fit, While Travelling.

It happens to the best of us. We diligently follow our diets when we are at home but let ourselves loose while travelling. While food is a part of any vacation experience, it’s a bad idea to just eat your way through a holiday. Here are a few health tips to keep in mind while travelling. Think- the journey to weight loss often starts with the way you think about it. Something as simple as making a decision not to gain weight could help you see your vacation eating in…

Running and jogging – health benefits

Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. About one in five Australians try running (or jogging) at some stage in their life. Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you. Some runners choose to participate in fun runs, athletics races or marathons. If you are interested in competing with other runners, contact your local running club. Health benefits of running and jogging Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running…

High Intensity Exercise

Exercise is known to benefit people with diabetes. Researchers are now studying the effect of high intensity exercise, which involves short bursts of high intensity workouts. A recent study presented to the American Diabetes Association showed that short sessions of exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type-2 diabetes than longer bouts of less intense activity. The research included 76 adults recently diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Their average age was 67. They were randomly assigned to do either one 30-minute exercise session five days a week at 65%…