Great news: According to a study from Stanford University you’ve been helping Dad stay heart-healthy since the day you were born! Researchers tracked 135,000 men over a ten year period and found fathers are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than childless men. Want to make sure dear old Dad’s heart continues to stay in tip-top shape? How about the non-dads in your life? Here are 4 ways you can support any man’s ticker.
Make Him a Morning Meal
Breakfast in bed doesn’t have to be a moms-only treat! In fact, eating in the a.m. is an especially good habit for guys to get into. Harvard researchers found men who typically skip breakfast have a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who routinely eat breakfast.
Hug It Out with Him
Giving Dad a big ol’ bear hug engages more than just his arm muscles—his brain and heart get involved, too. According to studies from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, pressure receptors under the skin send signals to the vagus nerve in the brain, which in turn tells the heart to slow down and decrease blood pressure.
Get Him Moving
According to the American Heart Association, walking can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running. So whether you two are tackling a local 10k together or just heading out for a 10,000-step Sunday stroll, have Pops strap on his Fitbit and get going already!
Sweeten His Day
Chocolate may not be a miracle weight-loss food, but there are good reasons for Dad to include it in his healthy diet. Flavonoids found in cocoa help thin the blood, preventing clots that could lead to heart distress. And at least a third of the fat in chocolate is oleic acid, the healthy, monounsaturated kind. If you’re going to help him indulge in a treat, skip the boxes of sticky-filled milk chocolates, and gift your fella with bars that contain at least 74% cocoa to fully reap the benefits.
How are you celebrating with your dad this Father’s Day? Share in the comments!
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.