We all lead busy lives and often lose sight of taking care of ourselves and that muscle that keeps us going. Our heart is needed to work around the clock for us, day and night, while we are awake and while we sleep, making it the most important muscle in your body. It performs the vital task of pumping blood to our entire body, providing the needed oxygen and nutrients that our bodies need to function and survive. And when your heart does not get the care it needs, serious cardiac problems can develop including heart disease and damage of the arteries, either of which can potentially lead to heart attack or stroke.
This is why protecting and strengthening our heart should play a key role in our daily lives. If you are already exercising regularly and watching your diet, then good for you. Many, however, are not so diligent. But this is a new year, so let’s commit to making positive changes in how we treat our heart. Even small lifestyle changes as a start can have significant rewards.
Exercise regularly, or at least get moving: Your heart is a muscle, and just like any muscle it requires regular exercise to strengthen it.
Eat heart-healthy foods: Leafy Green Vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens are well-known for their wealth of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And there are many other heart-healthy foods such as Whole Grains, Berries, Avocados, Fatty Fish, Walnuts, Beans and Dark Chocolate. Take the time to see what heart-healthy foods you enjoy and make those a more prevalent part of your meals.
Get enough sleep: Sleep should really be treated as a necessity, not a luxury. Achieving the proper amount of sleep can help your physical health, mental health, and overall wellbeing. Research suggests that those who don’t get enough sleep each night could be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.
Try to de-stress your life: Much easier to say than do, particularly these days. That said, stress reduction can actually provide one of the most immediate recognized benefits to heart health. Many people either don’t recognize or acknowledge the amount of stress in their lives or realize the role stress plays in contributing to an increased risk for Cardiovascular disease. Just try.
Please take the time to give your heart the care it needs to remain strong and in the best health possible for both your sake as well as your loved ones.
Stay safe & be well,