Sunday, 24 June 2012

HEART SMART: Give your body’s most important muscle the attention it deserves

Medical experts have long preached that by improving the health of your heart you can increase your chances for a long life. And in the spirit of the Olympic season, what better way to put that into practice than with a summer-shape-up fitness workout?

These heart-strengthening workout moves (courtesy of US-based fitness pro Monique Dash) can help you get on track right away. Crank up your favourite upbeat songs and begin with eight reps in one set and work your way up to 4 sets:

The Strong Arm Lunge
Step forward with your right leg into a lunge, keeping the knee over your ankle. Bring your left arm in front of your chest at a 90-degree ankle. Return to standing, and then repeat on opposite arm and leg.

Reach and Twist
Reach up to the right on a diagonal, keeping your weight on the right leg. Then do a standing crunch, raising your left knee and twisting your right shoulder toward it. Take a step to the left and then repeat on the opposite side.

Side Lounge
Keeping feet parallel and wider than hip width apart, side lunge to the left. Keep your hips back, torso forward to a 45-degree angle and hands on thighs or extended forward.

>Two Food Habits That Help Your Heart…

Give SOY a chance:
“It’s the only complete protein in the plant world,” says Jackie Keller of NutriFit ( That means it has all the essential building blocks in a protein. Try tofu, soy milk, soy nuts and edamame.

Snack on NUTS:
They can lower your “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol and reduce your risk of blood clots. Just stick to the proper portion sizes of about 14 walnuts or 20 almonds, four or five times a week.

>> In 10 seconds you can…
Keep ALLERGIES at bay
“Allergies often flare up first thing in the morning. If that’s the case for you, take your allergy meds at night so they’ll still be working come dawn. And because many allergy drugs cause drowsiness, what better time to lie back, relax and let the remedy do its job?” – Dr. Travis Stork, CBS' The Doctors

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