Apart from being a song that topped the 2014 Billboard music charts and made its home in several thousand Jelena fans’ hearts, the title of this article is a classic and coy answer to a timeless question, “What does the heart really want?”
You may try to solve the ambiguity by explaining that the heart wants to be handled with care, love and be loved, and appreciated for its fragility and yet respected for its tenacity. All true, but just to clarify, we are talking about the anatomical heart here. What it really wants is exercise. The heart is the only organ in your body that works tirelessly from the moment you are conceived till your dying breath. Your brain gets its rest to reset and fully charge itself while you sleep every night, but the muscle-built heart gets stronger and better the more you use it.
You may now ask, “The heart muscles work involuntarily. How in the world am I supposed to use it more?” The answer is simple. Cardiovascular exercises. As we workout, we apply stress on our body which in turn encourages the heart to adapt in a positive way. It may be hard to perform cardio exercises if you follow a sedentary lifestyle as your heart would not be used to that kind of stress. Start with 10 minutes a day, and build the routine over a few weeks and months. You will see that your heart adapts and becomes capable of handling the exertion. This means that your heart is getting stronger.
Let’s start small with a short walk every day. You could listen to music on your iPod, take a friend along or offer to walk your neighbor’s dog just to escape the monotony of this routine. If you feel like it, try to jog or run for a few minutes. We have a lot of fun options available today when it comes to cardiovascular exercises. Yoga, Aerobics, Core Workout and Weight training are some of the activities you can take up to give your heart muscles the time to strengthen themselves. If you aren’t enthusiastic about enrolling into a fitness club, just make sure you run a few errands everyday, mow a law, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or a few other such simple activities to add a little skip to your sedentary lifestyle.
It so happens, that people who exercise are less likely to have heart problems. You’d also be surprised to know that letting out steam by relaxing or taking a vacation also gives your heart a long and strong life. In fact, studies show that people who vacation at least once or twice a year are at a reduced risk of contracting a heart disease.
You say your heart wants to love and be loved. Why don’t you start by showing it some love and giving it what it really wants?