If you didn’t already know, World Heart Day is celebrated on a global level on September 29 every year. The celebration does not, however, entail you to go all out and have a high cholesterol meal. Keeping the theme of World Heart Day in view, we bring you some tips on how to keep your heart fit and happy.
Stress affects your mood, productivity, and the heart. You need to brush stress aside and try your best to avoid overworking. A burnout can tax your mind and the body causing you to crash and be fatigued. If you feel stressed, the best way to get rid of it is to take a walk and clear your mind. Get some fresh air and a fresh perspective.
No, it is not a program we are asking you to sign up; it is a lifestyle choice that you need to follow for the sake of your heart. If you are among the people who have a desk job, then know this: you are in danger of putting on weight because you sit all day. Being overweight is a big red flag for your heart. Besides exercising, weight management also calls for having a balanced diet. This means that you should effectively utilize the concept of the food pyramid. Your regular diet should contain a lot of fruits and vegetables. Try to cut down on red meat and substitute white bread with brown while you’re are at it.
Pick up cycling or light jogging if you prefer a light workout. If you are looking for something easy to fit your busy schedule, then take up walking, but going from your couch to your refrigerator does not count. At the very minimum, the 10,000 steps a day challenge counts as walking. This might feel outrageous, but it is possible and will help you stay active. You can do your heart a favor and get a pedometer to monitor your steps. Challenge yourself and if possible, take the subway instead of driving everywhere.
Eat Lots Of Fish
You should eat this amazing source of protein at least once a week. Fish is high in Omega-3 and is your best defense against heart diseases. You don’t need to worry about the mercury content as the positives outweigh the negatives.
Smoking is a leading cause of coronary diseases and therefore, you need to stay away from it. Period.
Watch The Salt
Food without salt is unimaginable for everyone. But as they say, too much of anything is bad for you and the same principle applies to salt. Blood pressures spikes are often related to high salt content so try to minimize your intake of salt.