Gentle stretching for as little as 10 minutes a day, such as touching your toes, stretching your hamstrings, holding a lunge position, or practicing yoga, has been shown to increase not just the flexibility of your muscles but also the flexibility of your arteries. Flexible arteries mean your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump blood and wear out before its time. Remember to hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds.
Dani's heart advice: “Look on the bright side. A positive attitude can help decrease stress and depression, which could help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, which could help reduce your chance of heart attack and stroke.”
February is Heart Month, so kick start your best year yet with 28 days of heart health. Every day in February St. Luke’s will send a heart health tip directly to your email. It’s easy to subscribe!
We’re also offering Free Heart Seminars throughout the month. Click here to find one in your area.
Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.