Five Facts to Help You Take Care of Your Heart
It is funny really. There is one muscle in our heart that we can’t see but we know it works hard everyday second of every day. We can feel it doing its job but yet many of us don’t take that much care of it. I suppose expecting it to carry on doing its thing, but not taking care of it can lead on to issues and illness in the future. The muscle I am talking about is your heart. But how do you keep it healthy? I wanted to share with you five of the ways you can do it.
Getting More Active Will Keep Your Heart Healthy
Did you know that being more active and staying active is a great mood lifter and stress buster? However, there is also another way that exercise can boost your health and that is to keep your heart ticking and healthy. In theory 30 minutes' worth of exercise five times a week is a great way to get the recommended amount of exercise into your week. It doesn’t even have to be an actual work out, it could be walking to work, taking the stairs instead of lifts, cycling and other recreational activities like cycling.
Manage Your Weight Effectively
Being overweight actually puts more strain on your heart that you probably realize. While it can be nice to indulge in junk and comfort food, it is always worth ensuring that you keep your diet balanced so that you take good care of your heart health. A balanced diet that is low in fat and sugar is a great way to ensure that you stick to the right track.
Keep Tabs on Your Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is a keen indicator that your heart is under strain if it happens to be higher than normal. It can also be a big symptom of stress and a bad diet. So it is important to keep tabs on your blood pressure. One way you can do that is by taking supplements like beetroot powder. Other ways to reduce your blood pressure would be to exercise regularly and also keep your weight in a normal range to your height.
Make Sure You Get Your Five a Day
It goes without saying, but ensuring you get your five a day in terms of fruit and vegetable portions is a great way to make sure that your body gets all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to keep going. There are lots of ways to do this. You could make up a smoothie each day or even chop up fruit into your breakfast cereal in a morning.
Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol contains calories, and so drinking more than you should, could be adding to things like weight issues and also adding extra pressure to your heart in terms of raised blood pressure. If you think that you drink more than you should be, you may want to look at ways to reduce your intake. Perhaps only drinking alcohol at the weekend or even trying alternative drinks like herbal teas or sparkling water.
I hope that some of these facts help you to keep your heart healthy.
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