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Heart Health on Valentine's Day

Posted by on February 14, 2016 at 1:40 PM

This Valentine's Day, take a walk for heart health!

One of the single best ways to enhance your heart health is by walking 30 minutes a day on top of what you would typically walk. Ultimately, you should aim for around 10,000 steps a day, or just under 5 miles. 

This might sound like a lot of steps, but once you get moving, you'll hit it far quicker than you'd imagine!

Throughout the stresses of the day, our cortisol levels increase. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by your adrenal glands when your body is under stress, whether physically or emotionally. This gives you that energy boost when you're in a threatening situation. 

The problem is, increased coritsol levels have been directly associated with heart disease and stroke. In fact, studies have shown that individuals with high levels of cortisol are at 5 times higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack in the next 6 years!

So how do we reduce cortisol levels? Walking! 

The best part is, you don't have to power or speed walk to reap these benefits, just by leisurely walking, you are significantly reducing cortisol levels and in turn, enhancing your heart's health!

So this Valentine's Day, take a nice leisurely walk alone or with a loved one and know that you're protecting your heart's future!

Happy Valentine's Day,

Matt @ InnovaU

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