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A Healthy Love for the Heart

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A Healthy Love for the Heart

By Regina Reid

The human heart beats approximately 60 – 100 beats per minute (bpm) in a healthy adult. A heart stressed by emotions or anxiety, walking or running, dehydration, insufficient nutrition, insufficient sleep, recent illness, or medication may fluctuate from its regular heartbeat or pulse. These fluctuations aren’t necessarily bad if the heart is able to slow down quickly and smoothly into a regular, healthy heart rate. In fact, during exercise it is a good thing to reach a max heart rate and to then have a quick recovery rate to a normal pulse. So, who or what does your heart beat for?

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death globally in all parts of the world, except Africa. A heart is a heart, but a healthy heart is quite different from an unhealthy heart; and a life is usually better lived with a happy heart. A healthy heart gives a person the ability to do physical activities and to have a better mind, body, and spirit connection. On the contrary, an unhealthy heart too often brings about stress, undue problems, and disconnect to a person.

To keep the heart healthy, a person needs to do the things that will, if possible, make it so. This is a good way for love to find its way into the heart. Yes, love makes itself at home in a person’s heart; so why not make room in your heart for a healthier lifestyle?

Here are some healthy habits that you should maintain in your life:

Do

Exercise. Keep a healthy weight. Use fitness trackers and smart watches. Eat a healthy diet. Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar). Go to a doctor for regular physicals. Do feel good things like pray, meditate, listen to music, go to therapy, and read books. Drink alcohol, if at all, in moderation. Love responsibly.

Don’t

Refuse to change eating habits from generations of fried foods, salts, and sweets. Eat too much junk food. Drink too much alcohol. Ignore belly fat. Smoke or take secondhand smoke for granted. Fail to get enough exercise.

But what’s love got to do with it? In unhealthy relations of love, a person may be involved in a relationship where belittling, guilt, betrayal, manipulation, possessiveness, sabotage, strong unpredictable behavior that often makes the other afraid, nitpicking, isolation, or abuse (in all its forms: mental, emotional, or physical), are allowed and felt.

In healthy relations of love, a person is more comfortable, and the relationship moves at a comfortable pace. Experiences of trust, kindness, honesty, independence, fun, respect, equality, healthy conflict, and taking responsibility are as regular as a heartbeat!

So, who or what does your heart beat for?

Yes, the kingdom of God is within. (Luke 17:21)

Thump, thump

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