Physical exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The benefits of exercise can not be overstated. Exercise helps improve your skin’s appearance, lose weight and lessen the risk of disease. Being active will help make you feel happy, sleep better and will improve your sex life. Exercising increases stamina and energy to prevent weight gain. You’ll immediately begin to feel better and have more energy to do other things.
Strength and resistance training lowers your risk of injury and helps burn calories to maintain a healthy weight. Walking, swimming, cycling and dancing are low-risk ways to get your body moving with minimal impact on your body.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adults stay active for 150 minutes each week. When you break it down, that’s only 30 minutes a day, five days each week. Start out with small steps and work your way into an active exercise program.
Exercise alone is not enough. A healthy diet ensures that you manage your bad cholesterol levels. Cholesterol forms plaque in your veins and arteries which impeded blood flow. These blockages that can lead to heart disease and stroke.
Start eating healthy. Track why you eat. Eat more vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy and integrate unrefined fiber rich whole grain foods into your diet. Cut back and whenever possible and eliminate added sugars and saturated fats.
Manage your blood pressure. Along with exercise and dieting, reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. Reduce the strain on your heart, arteries and kidneys. Stress, alcohol and tobacco must be avoided.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. Smoking damages your entire circulatory system. It increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm and blood clots. Smoking also reduces your good cholesterol (HDL) and your lung capacity.
Lose weight. It’s a fact, being overweight increases your health risk. One out of every four adults has diabetes. Most people with diabetes die from some sort of heart of blood vessel failure.
Reduce your intake of simple sugars found in soda, candy and desserts. Avoid foods that are rich in saturated fats and trans fats such as fatty meats, poultry skin and ice cream. Incorporate nuts, avocados and olive, canola and nut oils into your diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. Moderate exercise helps your body break down sugars and fats.
Take it easy. End stress from your life. Make having fun and being happy a priority in your life. Happiness is good for your well being and good for your heart too. Don’t worry be happy!
Talk to your doctor about putting you on a program to maintain a healthy heart. You only have one heart, let’s keep it healthy.