Your heart is beating 24 hours a day so let’s take a few minutes to appreciate this beautiful organ and discuss ways we can make life easier for your heart, and ultimately your health.
WHY IT PAYS TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR HEART HEALTH
1. SLEEP WELL, FEEL WELL
Rather than pull all-nighters watching reruns of your favourite tv show, give your body a break and get a great night of sleep. Adequate sleep reduces your overall stress levels and blood pressure which makes it easier for your heart to pump blood throughout the body.
2. MINIMISE SATURATED AND TRANS FATS
There are enough healthy fat sources you can choose from that you don’t need to reach for unhealthy ones. Fast food restaurants and almost all restaurants, in general, will cook with the most basic and cost-effective oils and ingredients to save them money without sacrificing flavour. The end result is a meal full of artery-clogging saturated fats that put extra stress on your heart.
3. KEEP ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Don’t assume that just because you worked out for 45 minutes, that you can resort to being a couch potato for the rest of the day. This simply negates your workout in the first place. Small changes in your daily routine will help to keep your heart active throughout the day. Walk somewhere instead of taking a taxi. Take the stairs instead of an escalator. The idea here is to keep moving and break long patterns of doing nothing physically.
4. GET BLOODWORK DONE
There are certain things a mirror or scale won’t tell us so it’s important to dig deeper and take the necessary steps to treat or prevent any potential conditions we may face. Getting regular blood work done will allow you to better prepare yourself for any complications you have or even indicate what changes need to be made so you don’t end up with and chronic heart problems.
5. EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
If your diet consists mainly of fruits and veggies, chances are it will consist of fewer foods that can cause fatal illnesses like heart disease. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables have been shown to fight and in some cases reverse some chronic diseases that affect the heart.
Fruits and vegetables also contain high amounts of fibre which is also important for proper digestion – simply another great reason to make them a staple in your nutrition plan.
Haven’t given much thought to your heart health before now? It’s time to make a change. These five steps will get you on the right track.