Heart Healthy Tips For 2018
With the New Year here (and it being on a Monday), it seems like the perfect time to start something new. One of the top things that people resolve to change is their health and their fitness. But being more specific, taking care of your heart can be a good way to kick off the New Year.
Our heart and vascular care is key to our health and for us to be able to do what we do. So they need a little more tender loving care than we are currently giving them. So here are some ways to make sure that your heart is healthier this year.
If you are someone that smokes, then giving up can be the single-handed best thing for your heart health. With options like vaping that are proven by health professionals to be healthier for you then smoking, then you don’t have to just go by willpower alone.
Our heart is a muscle, just like any others that we have in our body. If you want to strengthen your legs, then you go running or do weighted squats. So if we want to strengthen our heart, then we need to use it and push it a little. The more it gets blood pumping around our body, the stronger it will become. So think about some exercise that you can do to make sure that you are moving more this year.
Cut Out Saturated Fat
If your diet is full of fatty foods, the wrong kinds of fatty foods at least, then it is time to make a change. The excess fat can block your arteries and veins, leading to blockages and high-blood pressure, which is not good for your heart. So look for healthier alternatives. Things like avocados have the good fats that your body needs, rather than the saturated fats that your body doesn’t.
In a similar vein, there are other foods that you could do with eating more of if you’re not already. Fish, especially oily fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines, are a great source of some healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They have actually been shown to help to prevent and protect against heart disease. So if you’re not eating fish, then eating it at least twice a week can be a good thing for your heart.
Watch Your Weight
The higher the fat on your body, the harder your heart has to work to get all of the oxygenated blood around the body. Not to mention the higher likelihood of having high cholesterol and high blood pressure when you’re overweight. So looking to shed a few pounds can be a good idea if you’re over on the BMI scale. With eating good foods, including plenty of fruit and vegetables, reduced saturated fat and sugar, as well as being active, you should be able to lose weight steadily.
A good understanding of what is in your food can really help, become a label reader or cooking from scratch can be good too.