"How long does your heart stop when you sneeze?" Your heart never stops working even if you sneeze, hiccough, cough, hold your breath or burp.
"When you sneeze, does it affect your heart?" As you sneeze, it creates powerful pressure inside your chest and can sometimes temporarily change the rhythm of your heart, but it will never really make it stop.
"Does smoking affect your heart pumping blood?" Bad health habits like smoking will make it very difficult for your heart to pump blood. Smoking will definitely affect you and prevent you from having a strong heart.
"Is it true your heart will stop and weaken or you will have a stroke if you run so fast because your heart rate goes up over 499 beats per minute?" A normal heart rate for a healthy adult is between 60 and 100 beats per minute when they are resting. Children have a slightly faster heart rate because their metabolism is faster. Exercise will increase your heart rate, but it will never beat as fast as 499 beats per minute. In fact, regular exercise will strengthen your heart and make it less likely that you will have a stroke or heart attack. It is good to run fast and let your heart work hard. It will just make your heart stronger.
Because your heart is a muscle, it is important to keep it in good shape. Here are some things you can do to make sure you have a strong heart for the rest of your life:
Cindy Boggs, fitness consultant, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for her fitness advice book, "You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her Web site, www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 340-3527.