Without your heart you will die. As obvious as it is, some people need ot be constantly reminded. The lack of cardiac care and basic sensibility in most lifestyles nowadays are contributing to the increase in death due to heart problems and complications. It is without question that we have to give our heart some extra love.
1. Exercise for the love of your heart
The heart is a muscle. As such, you need to exercise your heart in order for it to grow strong and healthy. Cardiovascular exercises like running, swimming, jogging and the like help create stronger cardiac muscles. With a healthy heart, you can ensure proper distribution of blood throughout your body. Likewise, with enough cardiac exercises, you can withstand many physical stresses that demand more pumping power from your heart.
The key here is starting at a level that is comfortable to you. Next, you need to gradually increase your exercise so that it challenges your heart in a healthy way. Lastly, it is important that you exercise regularly to maintain a fit and healthy heart.
2. Have a heart healthy diet
Food offers our bodies fuel. However, not everything we eat is healthy. This is why there are many diet programs and diet strategies that promise health and wellness. Of course you may try one with the supervision of your doctor. However, let’s keep things simpler.
A healthy heart diet includes food that contains good cholesterol. Likewise, minimize foods that can clog your cardiovascular system – bad cholesterol. Olive oil is one great example of good oil that can help your heart. Omega 3 and omega 6 are also all over the news and are used by fish companies to lure your into buying them. They are good for you but you don’t have to spend too much on marketing propaganda. In addition, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals allow our body to become healthy and fit.
3. Ditch the bad habits
How do you spend your day? Is it heart-friendly or are you turning your heart into a miserable organ? Some habits we have developed through the years can actually work against having a healthy lifestyle. Smoking is a good example of a habit forming activity that is not good for your heart. Drinking excessive alcohol is also detrimental to you. These habits require immediate action and you have to do it now. To show your love your heart, ditch the bad habits and turn to a healthier lifestyle.
4. Regular checkups
It pays to get regular checkups. Even though we try to live a healthy life, there are other factors that can contribute to a weak and unhealthy heart. This is why regular checkups are necessary. Assessing one’s heart can reveal risks. If they are detected early, immediate interventions can be made.
A yearly checkup can help identify any problems early on. Many health insurances offer annual exams so go avail this service. It is wise to know early on rather than get caught unaware.
5. Rest for better health
Rest is important to stay healthy. Our bodies can only do so much and anything beyond it can pull your health down. Sleep, nap, or just lounging for a bit can help your body recuperate. Just like any other muscle in our body, we grow stronger when we rest after we exert. Moreover, resting allows our body to heal.
6. Stress free is heart friendly
Stress affects us physically and emotionally. And both can directly affect our heart. Having a stress-free life is ideal. However, reality does not allow for a truly stress-free life. Instead, managing stress properly can be your best bet. Moreover, being calm allows us a better perspective on the world around us.
- Ask help whenever you need it
- Talk about your stresses in life
- Take the time to pamper yourself
- Enjoy life’s little pleasures – the good ones
Managing stress in our life helps us achieve balance. Apart from the emotional, psychological and physical gains, you can expect better relationships and interactions with other.l
7. Educate yourself
Every day there is something new to learn about health and wellness. Little things like what to eat and how to manage our day to larger ones like pharmaceutical breakthroughs and other scientific discoveries help improve our quality of life. When we take the information and apply it we continuously improve our lives. There is a host of information out there. All we need is to take it and apply it in our lives.
Loving your heart means loving yourself and the people around you. A friend of mine stressed that we should take care of ourselves because we need to take care of others as well. Heart friendly changes in our lives can help us achieve overall health and wellness. But the most important step is for you to take the initial stride and continue your journey towards a healthy heart.
Love your heart.
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