Swim For Better Heart Health

This is a guest post from Becky Flanigan. I have a post coming out soon about 5 foods for great heart health, so this one seemed appropriate! Plus, I love swimming.  Take it away, Becky!


For those who want to have their exercise routine help maintain a healthy heart, consider the pool. Swimming is a great way to get yourself in shape, which will translate into a heart that has to work less during everyday life. Here are some things to consider:

Excellent cardiovascular conditioning

Swimming improves the body’s use of oxygen, without overworking your heart, and provides an excellent resource for cardiovascular conditioning. There are many other benefits to time spent in the water, like weight loss, but where the health of your heart is concerned, swimming is superb. As you begin to work out in the pool and build your endurance, your resting heart rate, along with your respiratory rate, will be reduced. That means blood flow to the heart and lungs will be more efficient, and will also reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. Here are some excellent resources with more information:

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20 Slow-Carb Meal Ideas (Photos)

This was at Applebees. Smart choices are available when we want them!

One of the most difficult challenges folks seem to run into while working out their slow-carb diet is coming up with things to eat. It seems that the things people go to always is eggs, spinach, and lentils for breakfast and some ground beef, beans, and broccoli for lunch and dinner.

But if more is what you’re after, but you’re still having trouble coming up with ideas, here are some photos of actual slow-carb meals I’ve prepared (or my wife has prepared) to give you inspiration.

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Introducing the Slow-Carb Meal Planner

The Slow-Carb Meal Planner

Meal planning is critical to success on any type of diet, but it takes time. You have to sit down and actually think about what you’re going to eat for an entire week, and then you have to write up a shopping list. For busy people like you, it’s tough to take that time. I’ve created a service just for you.

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Slow-Carb Diet Tips: Managing Dinner Out With Friends

Dinner out with friends

You finally get a hold of your habits, you’re making good strides, you’ve finally been able to stick to the plan for the first time in a long time. And then someone invites you over for dinner, and it’s not on your “free” day. What do you do?

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Slow-Carb Diet Tips: How To Plan Your Own Meals

Planning the meals

Have you ever sat down to plan some meals out and given up because it seemed like an exercise in futility? Maybe you love the idea of planning your own meals but aren’t sure you’d be using the right foods. If that’s the case, this post will definitely help you out.

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