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April Parish Health News
Combine spiritual practice and exercise for a healthy heart
People often look to maximize the benefits of their diet and exercise regimens to make every minute they spend in the gym as beneficial as possible. A new study says that combining two common exercises can drastically help do just that, at least when it comes to lowering heart disease risk factors.
The study by the American College of Cardiology, says that when people with heart disease practiced yoga in addition to aerobic exercise, their blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels went down twice as much as patients who practiced either one alone.
In total, researchers looked at 750 patients who had previously been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Each was assigned yoga and/or aerobic exercise sessions. Those who did either exercise alone saw similar reductions to the various risk factors, but both were dwarfed by the combined group.
As people of faith, we know that our spiritual practices of prayer, meditation, and centering are powerful ways to connect with our God and find peace. Turns out that these practices help protect and heal our hearts, as well!
Current life expectancy in the United States is 79 years. Only about 20 percent of our genes determine how long the average person lives. This means that our lifestyle and environment will greatly shape our health and happiness in later years. While we cannot control our genes, we are in control of how our genes express very often by our habits and certain environmental factors.
One key thing that we can do to keep our hearts healthy is to keep our stress levels down. Exercising, staying engaged, eating a healthy diet and spending time with friends and family are all ways that people can relieve stress, as stress can exacerbate health issues.
She offers these additional four tips for keeping stress in check:
- Learn to accept that life brings constant change and that there are many things that you cannot change or control.
- Don’t let fear take over and control your life.
- Be aware of your limitations. Don’t overextend yourself.
- Know what you cherish in life and make those things a priority.
Prayer: God, who is bigger than anything we can imagine, may we connect ever more deeply to the peace and stillness that we find in you. AMEN
(Some information taken from Advocate HealthCare)
Judy Lightowler, MS, RN, CLM PN
North Star District Parish Nurse