Keep Moving for a Healthy Heart

Face it: You just feel better when you eat right, and exercise more. From lean chicken and fish, to healthy fruits, and veggies; from low-fat or skim dairy (or vitamin-fortified soy milk, or yogurt), to whole grains – plus water for optimal hydration – good food is like fuel for your body. What you eat and how much you move matters when it comes to weight or developing a chronic condition like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Making wise choices now can have a huge impact on both longevity and quality of life as you age.

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The New Blood Pressure Numbers: Keep Yours Under Control

If your blood pressure numbers are on the rise, it’s important to know that your risk for high blood pressure (hypertension) increases with age. (For men, it’s around age 45; for women, it’s around age 65+.) Maybe there’s been some family, financial, or work stress. If you use tobacco in any form (smoking or smokeless), quit now. Maybe you’ve been grabbing fast food on the run, or not getting enough exercise or sleep. You may even have a family history of high blood pressure. (If you’re African-American, it’s more common.) Stress and unwise lifestyle choices add up – and may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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Flexibility: Move It or Lose It!

If you’ve ever gotten off track with exercise and struggled with getting back to your usual routine, you know this drill of then and now: You committed to keeping fit, with a regimen that you’ve enjoyed, and reaped its benefits. But over time, life has gotten in the way with a lack of time and energy (plus some added weight), along with a beckoning couch after a long day at work, lengthy commute, or driving the kids to activities. You know you feel and look better when you exercise, but having the energy to start it up again is, well, another story.

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Depression: More Common Than You Think

Everyone gets “down” or “blue” at one time or another. Life happens — and so do life’s daily stresses. Maybe it’s a break-up, or loss of a beloved pet. Perhaps it’s a financial issue or other frustration keeping you from taking that long-awaited vacation. It could just be a “bad day” when nothing goes right.

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