Protect Againt Heart Disease and Cancer in 7 steps by Kevin Anderson

Spirit , Mind, & Body Health & Wellness

Here at Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort we value a healthy and active lifestyle.

In fact our superb amenities encourage healthy recreation from tennis day or night, indoor and outdoor pools, 27 holes of championship golf, and miles of walking and biking.  We want to help you live an all around healthy lifestyle and offer the following tips.

Protect your heart and you’ll keep cancer at bay, also. Those who follow at least six items on the American Heart Association (AHA) list of seven heart-healthy guidelines can reduce their cancer risk by 51 percent, according to new research in the journal Circulation.

It makes sense: “Many of the behaviors that protect against heart disease also protect against cancer,” says study author Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, Ph.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Tackle both possible problems head on by adhering to  the AHA’s seven simple recommendations:

1. Break a swept often. The AHA advises  a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, each week. Find the right fitness plan for you with this tool: Workout Center.

2. Keep a healthy weight. Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night. In a recent University of Colorado study, those who slept for just 5 hours a night gained 2 pounds in 5 days. But when participants in the study increased their sleep time to 9 hours, they consumed fewer calories and didn’t experience the weight gain.

3. Stick to a healthy diet. You can begin by shopping smarter. The Ultimate Shopping List for Men is loaded with 125 foods that can fight fat, build muscle, and improve your health.

4. Control your cholesterol. Stock up on almonds. Research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows that just a handful of almonds not only lowers your cholesterol, but will also provide a powerful dose of Vitamin E.

5. Lower your blood pressure. Take a walk on your lunch break. In a study in Hypertension, people with a family history of high blood pressure had a 34 percent lower risk of developing the disease if they met the AHA’s recommendation of brisk walking for at least 150 minutes a week.

Safeguard your body’s most important organ: 100 Ways to Protect Your Heart.

6. Reduce your blood sugar. Eat small snacks every 2 to 3 hours. Frequently munching helps prevent drops in blood sugar, which can lead to sugar binges, says Keith W. Berkowitz, M.D.

7. Steer clear of cigarettes. To quit smoking, get hooked on endorphins. Research in Addiction found that people who exercise when they crave cigarettes are more likely to overcome the urge to smoke.

We hope you are already doing 6 out of these 7, but if not try to work a new one in each month.  If you are, then congrats, work on the 7th!  We’d love to hear from you so comment if you have any question, suggestions, or advice you’d like to share.

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