Since humans need a heart in order to live, it seems like you’d want to take great care of the one you have. Sure, you could get a heart transplant if you had something wrong with your heart, but that’s a risky procedure, and the list is long to get in line for one. Why not take a few healthy precautions now and make your heart last longer.
Even if you normally do the opposite of all of these things, it’s still not too late to start making changes that could extend your life and how healthy you live it. There are many illnesses that can revolve around an unhealthy heart, but you can work to fight them by staying healthy.
Eat A Healthy Diet
If you are surviving on fast food, fried foods, and empty calorie junk foods, you really aren’t getting any good health benefits from your diet. You need to make sure that you are getting the right amount of foods from each food gallery, and that you are getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients.
Eating right will help you control your cholesterol and blood pressure, and other heart health issues. Make sure you eat an array of vegetable colors, and, of course, enjoy some red meat when you can, which will make sure your body is getting the iron it needs to keep your blood flowing and your heart happy.
Get Physically Active
Too wide of a waistline is increasing your risk of heart disease, so watching your weight is an important step in heart health. 37 inches or above for men is a risk, and women who have a waistline of 31.5 inches or bigger are at an increased risk.
No matter what size you are, it’s important to fit some physical activity into each and every day. At minimum, strive toward 20 minutes a day, five days a week. Whether you walk, run, or jog, get your heart rate up and you’ll strengthen your heart and start to tone, and lose weight.
Smoking has negative effects on your entire system, including your heart health. It increases your risk of health disease. That is why it is important to stop now, no matter how long you’ve been smoking. It’s never too late to quit.
You also want to avoid second-hand smoke, which is still bad for you and for your heart.
Deal With Your Stress
You should already know that stress is bad for your heart. In fact, you’ve probably, more than once, heard someone say that stress can kill you. You may have also been told by someone, while you were stressing out, that you are going to give yourself a heart attack or a stroke if you don’t calm down.
Your regular exercise routine will help you out in the stress relief department. So will healthy eating. You may also want to take up meditation and/or yoga for stress relief.
Originally posted on November 2, 2015 @ 4:47 pm