Walk your stress away

Think about the times in your life when you’ve felt stress: giving a presentation at work, being late for a WalkingBLOG.fwmeeting or arguing with a family member. Remember how your heart was pounding and you were breathing harder? Emotional stress and anxiety make the heart work harder. That’s why you should try to keep them under control.

Everyone has certain stress triggers — things such as rush-hour traffic, family issues, finances or just having too much on your plate. No one can control all of these challenges, but there are ways to cope with them better. One of the best techniques is to walk your stress away.

Walking can ease burdens and relieve stress or anxiety. As an aerobic activity, walking releases hormones such as adrenaline in your body. Adrenaline stimulates the heart rate. This and other hormones are key players in your nervous system and in boosting your mood. Endorphins are also released in your body during activity. They help relieve pain and create a sense of well-being. Continue reading

Yoga and peripheral artery disease

New pilot program aims to treat PAD by increasing circulation

woman-yoga-poseThe number of adults with peripheral artery disease (PAD) is expected to increase significantly over the next several decades as the American population ages.

PAD is a disease of the peripheral arteries, most commonly in the pelvis and legs. In cases of PAD, plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs and limbs. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries, limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body. Peripheral arterial disease normally affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys and stomach.

People with peripheral arterial disease have four to five times more risk of heart attack or stroke and, when left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation.

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