Wednesday February 20, 2019
Your heart beats approximately 100,000 times per day and is arguably the hardest working muscle in your body. This Heart Month, we look at 5 ways you can make healthy lifestyle choices. Here are tips on how you can show your heart some love:
1. Eat well
According to Heart & Stroke Foundation, 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented by the lifestyle choices that we make. A large part of our health can be attributed to our eating habits. Here are some tips for eating healthier:
Choosing healthier food options is a lifestyle change and something you and your whole family can enjoy. Try one of these 5 heart healthy recipes for your next meal!
2. Stay active
Regular physical activity can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Exercise can also play a role in preventing obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Here are some tips to getting more physically active:
It is recommended that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.
3. Quit smoking
Did you know that 20 minutes after not smoking, your body will notice a difference? Your blood pressure and heart rate will return to normal after 20 minutes. Within 8 hours of nicotine withdrawal, your body is able to clear the carbon monoxide from your bloodstream. Here are some tips to help you kick your cigarette habit to the curb:
It is not easy to kick a habit. It is important to remind yourself that by eliminating smoking, you will feel better and healthier and you will save your loved ones from second hand smoke.
4. Get proper rest
Getting a good night’s rest will affect your mood, energy level and your health. Sleep helps your body heal faster which in turn will help your heart. Here are some tips to get your best rest:
Getting a good night’s rest should be a priority. Not getting enough quality sleep can have a negative impact on our health and on our heart.
5. Be around family and friends
According to Statistics Canada, the possible health benefits of social interactions are a reduced risk of mortality and depression with the added benefits of better cognitive health and health-related behaviours. Having social support and maintaining close relationships are an important part of life and successful aging. Here are some ways to make new friends or maintain the relationships you already have:
These are some lifestyle changes that you can make to improve the health of your heart. Remember that it’s about gradually incorporating the changes and adapting it to your lifestyle. Try some of these tips today. Your heart will thank you.
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Mrs. P.W., Guelph