30 Minutes a Day to a Healthy Heart: One Simple Plan to Conquer All Six Major Threats to Your Heart

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Reader's Digest Association, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 302 pages
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Heart disease has been a major health problem for at least 100 years and is the top cause of death in America. Research has proved that the real answer to controlling heart disease lies in the art of living. With this innovative 30-Minutes-A-Day Plan you can reduce your weight, lower your blood pressure, cut your cholesterol, and stabilize your insulin level with small lifestyle changes. The right diet, exercise, stress-reduction management, and nutritional awareness will lead to unbelievable improvement in health, well-being, and longevity. Putting a heart-healthy plan to work is simple with this easy-to-follow program, including a checklist to get you started, daily tracker lists, 59 chef-tested recipes, a yoga routine, a variety of five-minute exercise routines, additional resources, and much more. Plus you are guaranteed quick results--research has shown that healthy eating, simple exercises, stress reduction, and certain supplements can have a measurable effect on arterial health within 24 hours. Studies on smoking cessation also show that lung function can improve in less than 48 hours after quitting. The time it takes to follow heart-saving advice and the small lifestyle changes in this guide will add up to no more than 30 minutes on any given day--and that's a promise.

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Contents

What We Know Today
11
Nurturing
14
Deadly Heart Attackers
22
Welcome to
47
a Happy Heart
51
Staying With It
57
Overcoming
133
Take Your Heart for a Walk
142
How to Be Kind to Your Heart
171
Defeating Stress
180
Yoga
187
Heal with Clean Living
193
Pollution
200
Numbers That Can Save Your Life
211
Numbers to Track Every Day
217
Index
291

Picking Up the Pace
148
The Restorative Power of Stretching
164
About the Authors
303
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