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10 Healthy Habits For a Healthy Heart

 

Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors. It’s one reason the heart is the most intriguing organ. It’s our life line, pumping blood throughout our body, yet we experience emotions that are somehow related to our heart.
 


 

 

 
“Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While science is still exploring the many facets of the heart, taking a holistic approach to healing the heart can be beneficial. Whether you have a serious heart health concern or less life-threatening yet emotional concerns, the heart is central to our overall well-being. That being said, we offer the following healthy habits for heart health:
 
1. Add Vitamin J – Vitamin J = Vitamin Joy with a dose of laughter and pleasure! Add joy, laughter and pleasure to your life. A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine recommends 15 minutes of daily laughter for optimum heart health.
 
2. Incorporate Physical Activity – Start with simple activities that you enjoy, like walking, yoga or dancing – start with 10 minutes a day and increase. Exercise is essential.
 
3. Eliminate Trans Fats – An FDA advisory panel found that trans fats are even more harmful to health than saturated fats. The Institute of Medicine went a step further, concluding that the safest amount of trans fat is zero.
 
4. Try An Omega-3 Supplement – Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in keeping the heart beating steadily and not lapsing into dangerous, sometimes fatal erratic rhythms. As many fish contain high levels of mercury and PCBs, use supplements such as fish oil, cod liver oil if you need extra vitamin D, or krill oil.
 
5. Reduce or Eliminate Refined Sugar – Avoid sugar and chemicalized, artificial sweeteners in foods and beverages. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia. Also, eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets.
 
6. Eat More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and WholeGrains – Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Choose whole foods you enjoy and have them several times daily.
 
7. Get More Sleep – Women who sleep less than 5 hours each night, have a 30 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who get 8 hours. Too little sleep may play havoc with your hormones, blood sugar and blood pressure.
 
8. Avoid Tobacco – Exposure to tobacco, even secondhand smoke, can cause heart disease to worsen.
 
9. Evaluate Your Salt Intake – As sodium intake increase, so can blood pressure. Moderating your intake can help prevent and control hypertension. When using salt, choose high-quality sea salt which has important minerals that the body needs.
 
10. Breathe Deeper – Meditation and relaxation techniques can help teach our bodies to tone down our physical response to stress.
 

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

 

Welcome the New Year with a New Career!

 
 
What’s really holding you back from following your passion and starting your new year with a new career? What’s really getting in the way?
 
Almost every person has an “original wounding”. An original wounding is something that happened to you, was taught to you or experienced by you at a young age through relationships or life experiences that created a deep belief about your world. This belief created a pattern in how you choose to see the world that ultimately does not serve you in your adult life.
 
For some people, it can be obvious and devastating, like you were abused as a child. For others, it’s harder to find at first, even though it literally commands everything you do. It might be that you were told money doesn’t grow on trees. In your adult life, you find it difficult to earn money.
 
Or it might be that speaking up wasn’t polite.  In your adult life, you are afraid to speak up for yourself at work.
 
Or it may be that you learned that work was something you had to do to pay the bills and it wasn’t meant to be fulfilling. In your adult life, you want to follow your passion but are afraid to.
 
You might say you want better health, a loving relationship, financial security or a career you enjoy. But no matter how much you affirm it, it doesn’t happen because somewhere you learned that it wasn’t possible or right or good.
 
So even when you desire it deeply and affirm that you want it, because your subconscious mind has a memory of it not being possible, your subconscious mind guides your decision-making from the place of the original wounding.
 
Is your original wounding holding you back? Examine your “original wounding” and your personal story by exploring the questions in the sidebar of this article.
 
You can change the way you see the world. You can create new patterns and beliefs. You can move past the things that have held you back. You can follow your passion, live your dreams, and experience a rewarding new career.
 
If you’re a heart-centered person who’s thinking about a career in wellness, maybe now’s the time to talk to one of our Advisors who can help you take the next step:

Welcome the New Year with a New Career!

 

Love, Health and Success,
 

 

 
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

 
 

Drop the New Year’s Resolutions and Find Your Exercise Joy!

 
 
If you find yourself making excuses not to exercise and move, you may not have found your exercise joy.  Take notice of when you find yourself making excuses about your exercise routine.  Some of your excuses may include:

  • I’m too tired to exercise.
  • I have too many things to do, I don’t have time.
  • I’m too old to start exercising.
  • I’m not athletic and I’m overweight.
  • I don’t have the right outfits or clothes to start exercising.
  • Exercise is boring.
  • The kids have homework.

If you find yourself making excuses, look for ways to turn these excuses right around.  For example, if one of your excuses is that exercise is boring, find activities you love to do.

If you love nature and being outdoors, hiking and playing tennis may be the exact exercise program you’re looking for. 

If you hate going to the gym, most likely you won’t be able to maintain a gym membership and get the most value for your money, no matter how good it may be for you.
 
On the other hand, if you love nature and being outdoors, hiking and playing tennis may be the exact exercise program you’re looking for.  Design your life and build your exercise routine around the activities and places you love and enjoy.
 
Have you ever noticed that when you love to do something, you don’t spend time trying to figure out how you’re going to fit it into your schedule?
 
Harvey MacKay, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and syndicated columnist says it best when he says, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
 
Creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle is about figuring out what makes you happy.  The problem is, we forget to give ourselves permission to be happy and joyful.  We lose ourselves in all of the advice and easily get confused about who we truly are.
 
Getting to know yourself is key in making exercise and movement a life-long habit.  And this is a key you want to hold.
 
Finding exercise you like and enjoy simply means you’re having fun doing it!
 
Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Fear is there to protect us, but it can also keep us stuck.
 
Are you afraid you can’t keep up or will make a fool of yourself? Or that you don’t know the gym machines or hate asking for help?
 
Many people have this pre-conceived notion that the gym is filled with people with perfect bodies. This simply isn’t true.
 
People visiting the gym and even those holding gym memberships are just like everyone else and everyone’s goal is to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Even if you’re really out of shape, don’t worry about it and don’t obsess over your appearance.  You’ll find many supportive people every place you go.
 
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be the real you.  Never forget that you’re not alone.  Asking for help and assistance is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. Don’t hesitate to ask a gym employee or trainer for help. That’s what these people are there for and they are happy to assist you.
 
You might also consider working with a Wellness Coach or becoming one yourself! If you’re curious about a career as a Wellness Coach and what it might look like for you, don’t miss our complimentary training: “The 7 Secrets to Create Success as a Wellness Coach”. In the meantime, give some thought to the excuses that might be holding you back and where you might find your exercise joy.
 
Love, Health and Success,
 

 

 
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.