Being Mindful of a Healthy Heart

Hey Siri, what is the weather like today?” Each morning I check in with my digital helper to help me plan my morning walk. I have to admit, I’ve been skipping this morning ritual a little too often. Walking in the colder temperatures is tough for this Florida girl. As a publisher of a natural health publication, you would think that exercise, a foundation for healthy living, would be second nature. However, I have fallen off and climbed back on my exercise wagon many times over the years. Like most women I know, there is always a reason: the kids need something, work deadlines are looming, or I just need to do one more household task.

In our feature article, Heart of a Woman, integrative cardiologists share that exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rates. I love yoga and I love listening to mindfulness messages while I walk. Yet, it still takes a conscious effort for me to get my daily exercise. Keeping a healthy heart may be just the reminder I need to get back on my walking wagon!

This issue is packed with heart-centered inspiration for healthy living. Try the recipes on page 27 for a tasty way to boost heart health. Explore how to make love last in our Wisewords column. Find natural remedies to soothe anxious kids [page 30]. Consider aligning your money with your values. Embrace the benefits of the healing power of hugs. Find tips for using essential oils safely with pets. And in recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month, find out what your pet might not be able to tell you about their teeth. I hope your heart resonates with some information among these pages to help you incorporate new ideas into your healthy lifestyle.

Here’s to a happy heart!

Kris Urquhart, Publisher

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