Your heart is a pump more incredible than any made by man. It works non-stop for your entire life, which could maybe be a whole century. So how do you take care of your heart? Here are some great tips:
- Just say no to smoking and tobacco use. It can damage your cardiovascular tissues and causes your heart to work harder than it should.
- Strengthen your heart and reduce disease by exercising regularly. The Mayo Clinic recommends exercising 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Stay at a healthy weight.Remember that this doesn’t mean you have to be super thin—your healthy weight has to do with your height, age, and other factors.
- Have a healthy diet by avoiding saturated and trans fats and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- De-stress your life by taking breaks, turning off your cell phone, going for a walk, listening to good music, or whatever else relaxes you!
- Reduce blood pressure and avoid heart disease by taking it easy on the salt.(But remember that you do need some salt in your diet).
- As is the answer to most everything, get more sleep! People who get enough sleep are less likely to develop heart disease.
- Get regular checkups to measure your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Also be aware of a family history of heart disease, and let your doctor know.
- Fiber is good for your body in many ways, and this especially includes your heart! Load up on fiber through whole wheat and whole gran, bran, and oats.
- Be smart about oil and butter. Olive oil is healthier than vegetable oil, and you can use butter with lower cholesterol.
Keep that heart pumping and give it the TLC it deserves!