February 18, 2015 7:47 pm
An increasing number of people have a high cholesterol and high blood pressure. These conditions can lead to heart disease. There are some simple things you can do to slow this process down and get “heart healthy”.
- Eat healthy and get active – Cut out the fast food or at least go with the grilled chicken or a salad instead of a hamburger
- Get active – or get “more active”. Walk for at least 30 minutes a day, either around the block or a local mall.
- Watch your weight – what is your “perfect weight”? Can you get close to that? What kinds of changes can you make in your lifestyle to make a difference in your weight?
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure – the best way to do this is through diet and exercise. If it’s already a problem, talk to your physician about medical treatment or advice.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes – control the sugar in your diet, not just the obvious (sodas, candy, etc.), stay away from white breads and grains and other items with hidden sugars.
- Manage stress – Stop “biting off more than you can chew”. We all do a lot that we don’t necessarily have to do and don’t forget to throw in a little “me time”. It’s ok to stop for 15-30 minutes a day and read a book or take that walk we were talking about. You have to decompress sometimes.
There are lots of other things you can do be “heart healthy” but this is a start.