The Health Of Your Heart-pg 2
*10. Exercise regularly—it doesn’t matter how much you weigh, sitting for long periods of time could decrease your lifespan. People who live desk jockey lifestyles or are couch potatoes suffer from unhealthy effects on blood sugar and blood fats. If you work at a desk, take regular breaks and move around a bit. Take a walk on your lunch breaks and eat your launch while walking.
*11. Keep track of your numbers—keeping track of your blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar can help you maintain a healthy heart. Learn the optimal levels for your age group and sex. Take steps to maintain those levels, your doctor can tell you how. Remember to schedule regular checkups with your physician to stay on top of the numbers, and get regular checkups.
*12. Eat chocolate—eat dark chocolate. It is not only tasty but it contains heart-healthy
flavonoids. These molecules help decrease your risk of heart disease, according to researchers at the Journal Nutrients. Eating low amounts of dark chocolate, not milk chocolate can actually be good for you. The next time you want to eat some sweets, eat a small square of dark chocolate. You don’t have to feel guilty about that.
*13. Do more housework—vacuuming or mopping up the floors may not be as intense as a Zumba class or a treadmill, nut it can help improve your heart health. They can burn calories while giving your heart a workout. Put on your favorite music and increase you’re your weekly chore activity.
*14. Eat some nuts—if you eat walnuts, almonds and other tree nuts, you will get a lot of fiber, protein, and fats. Including them in your diet can help decrease your risk of heart disease. Remember that the serving size is small, suggests the American Heart Association. While nuts are full of heart-healthy stuff, they also have a lot of calories in them.
*15. Be a child—fitness doesn’t have to be a boring thing. Let your inner child take the lead by enjoying an evening of laser tag, bowling, or roller-skating. You can have fun while burning calories.
*16. Try pet therapy—pets offer more than unconditional love and good company. They also provide many health benefits. Studies reported by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) suggest that owning a pet may help improve your lung function and heart health. It may also help decrease your chances of having heart problems.
*17. Reduce unhealthy fat intake —slicing your saturated fat to less than 7% of your daily calories can decrease your risk of heart disease, according to the USDA. If you don’t read nutrition labels, consider starting today. Take stock of what you are eating and stay away from foods that are high in fat, particularly saturated fat.
*18. Take the scenic route home—forget the shortest, but traffic congested route home and take the scenic route so you can enjoy your ride. Eliminating stress while driving can help you reduce your blood pressure and stress levels. That is something your heart will appreciate.19. Make some time for breakfast—the first meal of the day is most important.
*19.Eating a nutritious high fiber and high protein breakfast helps you to maintain a healthy weight and optimal levels of energy throughout the day. To build a heart-healthy meal, reach for fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, such as cheese, yogurt, or low-fat milk, lean protein sources, such as a small serving of nuts or peanut butter, and fiber found in whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole grain cereals, or whole-wheat toast.
*20. Take the stairs—exercise is crucial for good heart health, so why not sneak it in every chance you get. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park far away from the malls’ door so you can walk further. Walk over to a colleague’s desk to talk, instead of just emailing them. Take the kids to the park and run around. Play a sport every weekend instead of just sitting on the couch and watching TV or playing video games. Every little bit adds up to better heart health.
This completes the The Health Of Your Heart section.
Heart health is important. Hopefully, these tips will help you learn how to have a healthy heart for the rest of your life.