3 Heart Healthy Ways to Make February Love You Back
Massage has been known to improve and increase circulation, as well as reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate. (WellnessMats, too, have been proven to improve circulation as well!) So maybe regular massage will not (and should not) replace prescribed medicine and/or visits to your doctor. However, we do suggest considering massage as something more than just a treat—it’s a step toward a healthier heart! Making healthy choices never felt so good.
Maintaining a ‘heart-healthy’ diet does NOT mean limiting yourself to Cheerios (or Kashi)! You can still enjoy delicious, interesting and diverse foods to keep both your heart and palate happy. For starters, we suggest updating your diet with more fiber and less saturated fats.
Take caution to avoid saturated fats, notorious for raising cholesterol levels (and usually add up to a lot more calories). The American Heart Association recommends limiting your intake of saturated fats to as little as 5% of your overall diet. Implementing healthier food choices in your everyday life is just another way to keep your heart healthy year round. Be conscious of what you put into your body and remember—your heart will thank you!
Did you fall off the ‘beach body’ bandwagon in January? What if we told you looking and feeling your best doesn’t take much else than a floor beneath your feet? We know (all too well) the snow makes getting to the gym challenging. Lucky for those of us trudging through snow, we’ve spotted a new trend in the fitness world: bodyweight exercise. Since launching FitnessMat, we’ve realized how effective bodyweight exercise can be. Some of the top bodybuilders in the country (like NBC’s The Biggest Looser personal trainer, Kim Lyons, who uses WellnessMats FitnessMats in her new Bionic Body Studio) are incorporating bodyweight exercise in their routine, which does not require any special equipment other than your own bodyweight.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a spacious house, you certainly have a body and a floor! Strength training using the weight of your own body is a great way to get an at-home (or anywhere!) workout with minimal equipment and maximum space efficiency. Here are 50 simple bodyweight techniques for starters!