The Crazy-Quick Way to Healthier Arteries

14 November, 2012

Why? Because if you challenge yourself to eat better and exercise more, after just 8 short weeks of good habits, your arteries will start to become more elastic. Here's why that's so good for your heart.

Cardio Tune-Up

When arteries are flexible and stretchy, they hold up better to wear and tear, and your heart doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood. Think of them like you would a rubber garden hose: One that's soft and flexible -- not stiff and brittle -- is far less likely to bust and cause water pressure problems.

Just 8 weeks of eating a Mediterranean-style diet and doing something active, like walking every day, you can make all your internal hoses more elastic. Sounds like time well spent!

Another Benefit

Just as great -- after 8 weeks, exercise starts to feel easier because you've boosted your exercise capacity. You'll feel so good, you won't want to quit your new healthy habits.

 

SOURCES: Effects of 8-Week Lifestyle Modification on Cardiovascular Structure and Function in Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Diseases. Aizawa, K., Marin, M., Torres Castro, I., Lawrence, M. A., Manley, J. A., Piche, L. A., Shoemaker, K. J., Petrella, R. J., University of Western Ontario, 6th Annual Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Annual Conference.

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