What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than making sure your heart is strong and healthy? February is Heart Month so it’s a great time to focus on all facets of your heart, whether it’s about love or health. And, fortunately, foods that are good for your heart tend to be good for your head, too. It’s all about keeping your heart pumping properly and making sure your arteries are clog-free. Here are five food types you should be consuming to keep your heart healthy.
By The FIRM Master Instructor Leslie Perry Duffy
Nothing says “I love you” quite like a gigantic box of chocolates, right? Hardly! This special holiday symbolized by hearts and celebrated with high-calories treats can be anything but heart-healthy. However, there’s no hard and fast rule that requires us to celebrate with sugary candy and foods saturated with fat. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in a healthy way does not mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite treat in moderation. Or, forget the treats and celebrate in a unique way that’s special for you and your loved one(s).
I will never forget the day I explained to my then four-year-old son that steak is really cow. First he cried, then he asked why we don’t eat dogs like our lab Lewis, or at least the lost dogs at the pound. I didn’t have a very good answer for that one. Which really got me thinking.
To celebrate the release of her new book Yoga for Pain Relief, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is getting the message out about how yoga can help you improve your health and happiness. Below, she shares some of the most exciting findings on the benefits of yoga from the growing field of mind-body research. I wanted to share these developments with you so perhaps you can use them to persuade the people in your life who are on the fence about yoga and meditation to give it a try.
It’s not only during February (‘Go Red’ and Heart Health Month) that the benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise are always in the news. Study after study shows that exercise does everything from strengthening your heart to lowering your blood pressure to just plain making you feel happier. Yet the news on how long or how hard you should exercise always varies.