When we think of vital organs, many of us would place the heart atop a list of organs that are essential to a high quality of life. Sure, the heart has been romanticized a bit; In antiquity it was believed that the heart was the center of wisdom and decision-making (sounds more like the brain, no?). Today, the heart is used as a symbol of love and sentiment. But scientifically, we understand the heart much better— as an incredibly efficient and vital performance muscle! It only takes 60 seconds for the heart to pump blood throughout our entire body ensuring every cell has enough oxygen to do the work it was born to do.
We love our hearts and they love us; however, if we are not mindful about our habits, lifestyles, and environments do not always set our hearts up for optimal success. Like any other muscle, we need to make sure to keep the heart strong, and we can do this by exercising, eating well, and reducing stress throughout the day. These mindful tasks allow our hearts to do their best work. Keeping the heart strong is a lifelong effort to ensure our wellbeing and longevity.