As the weather outside is grey, cold and wet – and the evenings are shortening too – you may feel less inclined to venture outside. Thankfully, aside from exercise, there is another way to extend your lifespan.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) cites a five-year study – involving 201 people with coronary heart disease – where a simple at-home activity improved longevity.
After meditating daily for 15 minutes, the researchers noted how it reduced the participants’ risk of death, heart attack and stroke by 48 percent.
These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and lower stress levels.
This is known as a hemorrhagic stroke, which can lead to weakness or paralysis of an arm or leg.
It may also cause issues with speaking or understanding language, vision problems and seizures.
Once an aneurysm bleeds, there’s a 40 percent chance of death, and a 66 percent chance of brain damage.
The more bleeding there is, the more severe the brain damage is likely to be.
The other half of the group attended health education talks instead for the same amount of time.
Their blood pressure was checked before the intervention, at week four, week eight and week 20 for a follow-up visit.
By week eight, the mindfulness group had “significantly lower blood pressure readings”.
This trend was still seen by week 20, but it wasn’t as significant, suggesting daily meditation practice is required to reap the benefits.