12 Ways to Stay Heart Healthy

February 18, 2015 7:47 pm
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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”.

  1. 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
  2. Get active – or get “more active”. Walk for at least 30 minutes a day, either around the block or a local mall.
  3. 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?
  4. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  5. 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.
  6. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.