Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence
June 2019
Spicy Asian Veggie Pasta
This dish can be served hot, at room temperature, or chilled, and as a meal or as a side dish. Read more

Yard Work and Gardening Count as Exercise

How many calories are used up by doing yard work? Thirty minutes of raking, gardening or light gardening burn about 165 calories for a 150-pound person. Gardening and yard work are considered moderate physical activities and count toward the exercise you need each day to help control your blood pressure.
Before you lift your rake or shovel:
  • Warm up for five minutes before starting. This helps to prevent injuries and muscle strain.
  • Practice good posture and stance. Pay close attention to your back when lifting heavy objects, and lift with your legs.
  • Alternate which side of the body you use. Pull with your right hand and then with your left.
  • Protect hands by wearing gloves and protect feet by wearing closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or boots.
  • Work at a steady, constant speed. Change positions about every 10 minutes to avoid overuse of a muscle group.
  • When you are finished, take time to stretch your tired muscles. This improves flexibility and helps prevent aches.

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is more likely to strike a person with diabetes than a person without diabetes. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke. In fact, a person with diabetes and high blood pressure is four times as likely to develop heart disease than someone who doesn't have either of the conditions. Learn what you can do to prevent high blood pressure. Read more.

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