Taking care of your heart is one of the smartest moves you can make. After all, your heart is your most vital organ and muscle at the same time. Care for it and it can last you well over 100 years. While you will make the biggest impact by starting young, you can boost your heart health at any age by following some timeless advice.
Perhaps above everything, one of the best things you can do for your heart is to stay active. That’s because physical activity, especially LISS (Low-Impact Steady State) cardio will help boost your heart’s health. It will do so by strengthening your heart and, therefore, making it work less to pump the same amount of blood. In turn, you’ll find your resting heart rate will lower and your circulation will improve.
In addition, you also need to focus on the other major aspect of living healthily: the food you eat. Everyone knows they should avoid “bad” cholesterol because it can cause clogged arteries and other things that complicate circulation and make your heart work harder. But, you also need to look at your diet overall. Think about the foods you eat as a whole. Are they mostly healthy and fresh? They should be. Avoiding processed foods and added sugars will do wonders for your heart health and physical health overall.
In addition, you need to control any conditions you may have or be susceptible to. Getting annual screenings and knowing your family’s health history can go a long way in keeping you healthy through preventative and early reaction measures. Things like diabetes and high blood pressure are definitely things to monitor and control the best you can. Again, diet and exercise will play into these two things.
Finally, you need to remember the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Packing on extra pounds will make your entire body work harder. It will directly impact the function of every one of your internal organs and make you less healthy overall. It also makes you more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. So, always do your best to maintain a healthy weight.
As you’ll see, these things might sound difficult but they all go hand-in-hand to living a healthy and long life. As you work on your diet, you’ll have more energy to exercise and, suddenly, you’ll notice your weight begin to balance as well. With simple actions each day, your heart will see huge improvements.