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Find Your Strength

14. May 2011

For me, there’s nothing like the feeling that comes from stroking through the pounding surf. I love the sense of strength and power as my body cuts through the surf line and breaks free into the gentle chop. But it’s more than a good feeling. It’s knowing that with each stroke, I’m positively affecting my health… especially my heart health.

A sedentary or inactive lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Fortunately, it’s a risk factor you can do something about. In fact, regular exercise… especially aerobic exercise, has benefits too numerous to ignore.

Whether it’s swimming, cycling, brisk walking or your favorite Jazzercize class, all that moving around strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system, improves circulation and helps your body use oxygen better. It also lowers blood pressure, improves any heart symptoms you may have and increases energy levels so you can do more activity without becoming tired or short of breath.

And that’s just your heart! Keep moving and you’ll improve muscle tone and strength, have better balance and joint flexibility, strengthen your bones and help reduce body fat and reach a healthy weight.

As an added bonus, all that exercise will help you reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression, boost your self-image and self-esteem… improve sleep and make you look fit and feel healthy. Call me crazy, but there’s no down side to making exercise a regular part of your life.
Palomar Health is the premier provider of cardiac care services in North County San Diego, offering a full range of diagnostic, medical, surgical and rehabilitative care services for your heart. Our comprehensive program is recognized nationally by the American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Get with the Guidelines” Coronary Artery Disease initiative. Palomar Medical Center is one of only nine hospitals nationwide to earn the 12-month Performance Achievement Award from the AHA as part of the Get with the Guidelines program.

To learn more about our award winning cardiovascular program call: 760.739.3000

Bottom line… A strong body means a strong heart. Where’s your strength

Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.