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Top 6 Ways to Lower Your Resting Heart Rate

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  • Your resting heart rate is one factor used to identify potential health conditions and gauge the health of your heart; by maintaining your resting rate from 60 to100 beats per minute you lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and improve your overall health
  • When a healthy demand is placed on your heart muscle it grows stronger, but an unhealthy demand may increase the risk the muscle will weaken
  • A healthy nutritional intake has a positive impact on your heart health and resting heart rate; conversely, nicotine and alcohol intake will negatively affect your heart health
  • Aerobic exercise is a stress reducing activity, as is yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi; Buteyko breathing improves your oxygenation and reduces stress, while Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) help reduce stress and improve your weight loss efforts

What does your resting heart rate say about your level of fitness and health? Your resting heart rate is one factor used to identify potential health problems and gauge the health of your heart. Dr. Jason Wasfy from Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, affiliated with Harvard University, commented on what your resting heart rate says about your cardiovascular health:

“In certain cases, a lower resting heart rate can mean a higher degree of physical fitness, which is associated with reduced rates of cardiac events like heart attacks. However, a high resting heart rate could be a sign of an increased risk of cardiac risk in some situations, as the more beats your heart has to take eventually takes a toll on its overall function.”

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