Father's Day is this Sunday. Do you know what you're getting The Old Man? If he has a closet full of ties he never wears, or a medicine cabinet full of cologne he never uses, it may be a sign that you need to think outside the gift box. Have you considered signing him up for Dahn Yoga classes?
Maybe you should! Doctors at New York University's Langone Medical Center are using the upcoming holiday to remind the general public about measures of cardiac health that fathers, and males in general, should look out for.
Specifically, men need to be vigilant about:
- Blood pressure. Measurements should not exceed 120/80 mm Hg for adults aged 20 and older.
- Cholesterol. Doctors screen for good, bad and total cholesterol. Abnormally high cholesterol may increase the risk for heart disease.
- Body mass index. A BMI score of 25 or greater may lead to type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular problems.
Exercise, as well as a balanced diet, may help improve all these risk factors. What's the best form of physical activity? Yoga, of course!
One expert told the American Heart Association that this regimen may potentially lower blood pressure and improve both circulation and muscle tone. Furthermore, yoga for stress relief can help people who already dealt with acute heart problems, such as bypass surgery.
So if you truly "heart" your dad, nudge him into a yoga class.