Nearly half of the adults in the United States – approximately 103 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association – have high blood pressure. While this is a very real and sobering statistic, the good news is that it can be managed with lifestyle changes, which can not only help to maintain healthy blood pressure, but can also improve your overall quality of life at the same time. Here are four ways to have fun while also helping your blood vessels.
Get Moving: Whether it is dancing in your living room with your partner, putting on your headset so you can give your friend or loved one a call while walking around your neighborhood, starting up your favorite sport, going for a swim, or a combination of all – it is recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services to fit in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Moderate exercise is defined as breathing a little harder, but still able to have a conversation. Vigorous exercise is defined as you can only say a few words before having to take a breath. If you end up doing more vigorous-intensity activities, then you can aim for at least 75 minutes per week.
Get Cooking: While it may not be as convenient to cook as it is to order from your favorite restaurant, it could be a fun way to show off your creativity and do some experimentation – and the best part is nobody is expecting you to be a “top chef” in your own kitchen. Follow your favorite bloggers and restaurateurs who often share recipes – or be inspired by your friends. You can even have “theme” nights where you turn on music related to what you’re cooking and maybe even dress up to match the theme. The key to support your blood pressure, however, is to make sure you have less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (and ideally less than 1,500 mg per day) according to the American Heart Association. But there are lots of other seasonings that you can substitute – and the AHA has a list on their site with ideas.
Get Mixing: Boost your favorite morning coffee or blend together a delicious smoothie with the cocoa flavanols found in CocoaVia™ — a supplement that comes in powdered drink mix flavors such as dark chocolate and cran-raspberry and guarantees 450 mg of flavanols – the highest level per serving available on the market today. Cocoa flavanols are powerful plant-based nutrients found naturally in the cocoa bean that have been shown in decades of scientific research to increase your body’s natural pool of nitric oxide, keeping your arteries flexible and blood vessels healthy. This promotes healthy blood flow throughout your body and helps you maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
Get Zen: Another important factor for maintaining healthy blood pressure is to reduce stress. Of course, if you get moving, as mentioned above, then you’re already on your way to reducing extra stress. But there are more steps you can take such as taking about 15 to 20 minutes per day of “me time” to meditate if that’s your thing – or simply take time to focus on something that makes you happy without the distractions that can trigger stressful reactions.
By starting with these four fun tips to support healthy blood pressure, you can be on your way to making your heart happy in many ways.
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