Just as a car can't run without an engine, your body can't run without a heart. And generally speaking, the bigger the engine, the more powerful the car. So upgrade your engine with these five heart-healthy exercises.
One of the biggest killers of the 21st century is stress. Why? Because stress is supposed to be an effective short-term fight-or-flight mechanism. Back in the day, if a lion came knocking on your door, your brain would kick into stress mode. Two advantages of stress in this situation would be increased heart rate (so that you could outrun the lion) and faster blood-clotting (in case the lion outran you). But this was designed to be short-term. Once the run-in with the lion was over, your body functions would return to normal.
The problem now is that stress is a constant for many people. When increased heart rate and faster blood-clotting occur frequently, and for prolonged periods, there is a greater chance of our coronary arteries blocking, which can lead to heart attacks or other forms of heart disease.
So do some yoga and relax! Along with stress reduction, the American Heart Association says that yoga can help "lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone."
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