Your heart is undoubtedly one of the most important muscles you have in your body. It is the center of your whole circulatory system. With that being said, most of us don’t take proper care of this internal engine that we have. There are 5 very easy and fun ways that can help you have a healthier heart and include your spouse in these activities, too.
Get a pet
Not just any pet but a pet with whom you can snuggle. Science has proven that getting a pet has many health benefits to it including heart benefits. Petting your dog or cat can lower your blood pressure. Another bonus of getting a pet is that your pet’s insatiable happiness can actually boost your state and happiness level.
Eat dark chocolate
Science has recently proven that eating small amounts of dark chocolate on a regular basis can lower your blood pressure and lower the risk of having a stroke. Get some yummy fruits and make it a romantic evening in with your spouse. Another option is making S’mores with a dark chocolate bar instead of the traditional milk chocolate.
Obviously, this tips is for adults only. It has been proven that drinking red wine in moderation can reduce your risk of heart disease or a stroke by 20%. Get your favorite bottle of red and some good music and you have another romantic evening with your spouse. Not a fan of red wine? That’s okay because white wine can be effective as well.
It can be riding your bike, taking a walk, hiking, etc. All you need is to get your heart rate up a little. Have a hard time staying on a routine? Get your spouse to be your accountability partner. It has been proven that when you have an accountability partner, you are eight times more likely to stick with a workout program.
Work on your stress reaction
While it is easier said than done, there are ways to improve your reaction to stress, especially if you team up with your partner. Learning meditation can always be a great choice that can help with stress. Medication is like aerobics in the sense that it works better if you have an accountability partner. Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure and/or a heart attack which means the fight-or-flight response may be hurting you more than you think. Talking about your stress with your spouse can be a true stress reliever as well.
Your heart health is very important not only because you will feel better when taken care of properly but because you will live a longer life. And a longer life means more time to spend with your family and enjoying every minute of it.