Staying in touch with close friends can do more than warm your heart, it can actually keep your heart healthier. Studies have shown that people with strong support systems are less likely to have high blood pressure or die from heart disease.
This is especially important for people who are more likely to feel isolated, including some older adults, people who work from home and stay-at-home moms. Friendships and social support can relieve stress, which is a major contributor to heart disease.
Even in the toughest times, people who turn to friends for support are more likely to choose healthy ways to cope with stress. Friends have a calming effect during upsetting situations and they encourage each other to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that people who talk to friends during times of stress are more likely to exercise regularly, eat fruits and vegetables and quit smoking.
Centegra’s experts recommend the buddy system as one of the most effective ways to improve heart health. Ask a friend to:
- Join you as you quit smoking– It’s much easier to stop smoking when your spouse or closest friends aren’t lighting up in front of you.
- Become your exercise partner- You’re more likely to follow through with a regular exercise program when you know someone else is counting on you.
- Share favorite heart-healthy recipes- See Centegra’s suggestions here.
- Register for this year’s Centegra Health Strong Woman Event to join hundreds of women for a day of entertainment and education!
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