Exercise Your Way to a Healthier Heart
Every year, the United States recognizes February as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 610,000 deaths annually. Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in the cost of health care, medications and lost productivity. Fortunately, heart disease can often be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and properly managing health conditions.
In addition to eating healthy and avoiding cigarettes, exercise is an important contributor to cardiovascular health. In order to make exercise an effective tool for cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association suggests that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. An easy way to keep track of your exercise is to aim for 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
Do You Have Chronic Back or Neck Pain? Your Posture May be to Blame
Posture is something that most people don’t think twice about. We tend to sit or stand in whatever way feels the most comfortable at the time. However, poor posture can wreak havoc on your body, causing back and neck pain, muscle fatigue, digestive issues and even breathing problems.
To avoid the dangers associated with poor posture while sitting, make sure your computer monitor is at eye level to avoid straining your neck by constantly looking down. In addition, avoid holding a phone on your shoulder throughout the day. Instead, use a hands-free device like a headset or one with Bluetooth capabilities. Taking the time to stretch and strengthen core muscles can also help correct muscular imbalances.
Poor posture is something that affects you more over time. By taking steps now to be conscious of your posture, you can decrease your chances of developing joint pain and improve your overall well-being.
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