Heart Health is something important to everyone. No matter your age, sex, gender, race, geographic location or any other defining factor that makes you unique, your heart effects your wellbeing and your health is dependent on its health. With that in mind, here are three things you can incorporate into your life almost every day!
1. Go for a Walk
Incorporating exercise into your life regularly is a great way to train your cardiovascular system and keep your heart in shape. This could be as easy as going for a brisk walk for 25 minutes every day. Although many people do not think of walking when hearing “physical activity,” it may be more beneficial than you think. Walking programs have been proven to increase cardiovascular strength by improving blood pressure, slowing of resting heart rate, reduction of body fat and body weight and reduced cholesterol among other things.
2. Eat Fruits and Veggies
When mom used to say you can’t leave the table until you’ve eaten your fruits and veggies, she really did have our best interest in mind! A healthful diet is a great way to stay healthy. It is not hard to develop some unhealthy eating habits as we grow. One great way to balance out diet is by including fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are not only high in vitamins and minerals but also low in sodium and unhealthy fats.
Incorporating meditation, yoga or some other area in your life where you can find peace of mind is not only healthy for your mind, but also for your heart. Many studies have shown meditating how your heart functions but may help motivate healthy behaviors such as keeping regular exercise, adequate sleep and a good diet. Even if it is just for 10 minutes a day, taking time to relax and clear your mind can reduce stress and increase blood flow, two things which can have a positive impact including your heart.
By incorporating these 3 things into your day to day life, not only will the health of your heart improve, but your overall fitness and likely productivity.
-Davis Hoover, Alexander’s Hope Intern