Thursday, December 31, 2015

Quick Tips: Healthy Heart Tips for Football Couch Potatoes

Because of all the football games coming up on television, I asked Dr. Richard Mabry for some tips on keeping healthy while being a football couch potato.

Quick Tips:

Healthy Heart Tips For Watching Football:
  • Watch your weight! Keep the snacks to a minimum, and try to make them healthy ones. Too large a middle can raise blood pressure, affect blood lipids, and put stress on your heart. Maybe that “apple a day” isn’t a bad idea.
  • Don’t reach for a cigarette to calm your nerves. Smoking is definitely not heart-healthy, and the AMA, AHA, NIH and other experts agree stopping the habit is the number one thing you can do for heart health.
  • Don’t take it so seriously, even if your team makes a bonehead play. Laugh it off! Research has shown that laughter helps relieve stress that damages the lining of vessels feeding the heart.

These tips are from Richard Mabry, MD, is the author of nine published novels of medical suspense, and a novella. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award, the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and the Inspirational Readers Choice. For more information visit his website or Blog.

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