Pump your heart into gear - Emily Skye

Pump your heart into gear

Pump your heart into gear

Our hearts are something we often take for granted when we are young. We can’t see it, and yet it keeps on ticking away, so there is no problem, right?

However it might surprise you know just how common high blood pressure (hypertension) is in woman aged between 18 - 35. In the recent 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey, it was noted that 5.6 % of women aged between 18-35 had high blood pressure.

You don’t have to be overweight to have high blood pressure and often you couldn't even tell by looking at someone. There are several different factors that all impact on a person's likelihood of having or developing high blood pressure, including genetics, environment, diet and stress.

Tips For Keeping Your Heart Healthy

  1. Don’t skimp on your snoozing! Studies show that adults who sleep between 7 - 8 hours each night have less calcium build up in their arteries. Calcium build up is an early sign of heart disease. But that doesn’t mean you should regularly over sleep either! Aim for 7 - 8 hours sleep a night, and sneak in a power nap during the day if you need to gram some extra Z’s!
  2. Eat healthy, eat fresh! A Healthy fresh diet that is low in saturated fats, sugars and salt is ideal for maintaining a healthy heart. I always prefer to eat as fresh as possible and avoid all those processed foods that are often packed full of sodium, sugar, and bad fats.
  3. Alternate your exercise! Incorporating both anaerobic exercise and resistance training is also an ideal way to work your cardiovascular system and keep you heart beating healthily. So try to mix up your weekly exercise regime with some resistance training, such as a kettlebell or weights workout and some cardio, such as jogging, cycling, rowing or swimming.
  4. Relax! Stress has a negative impact on the heart over time, so try to relax! Make time for some relaxing activities, such as yoga, meditation, nature walks or dancing!

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