The food pyramid is just as helpful in real life as it was in health class. Your diet should focus on lean protein, fruits and veggies with some whole grains. Limiting salt and increasing your potassium intake can help to lower high blood pressure.
Try to get at least 2.5 hours of exercise each week. Even if you don’t have time for a hardcore sweat session in the gym, you can focus on parking in the back of the parking lot or doing some jumping jacks at home.
Get plenty of sleep
Our hearts are constantly working but they do get a little break while we’re sleeping. Studies have shown that people who sleep at least seven hours each night reduce their risk of heart disease by 24%. Sleep also help control weight and reduce stress which are important parts of heart health.
While more research is needed to determine exactly how stress affects your heart health, it has been shown to increase risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking, drinking, and overeating. Exercise is not only vital to your heart health but it’s also a great stress reliever. Fun activities such as hiking, swimming, dancing, or yoga are sure ways to product endorphins and reduce your body’s stress hormones. Other ways to reduce stress include taking a soothing bath, deep breathing, and spending time with your loved ones.
While genetics play an important role in your heart’s health with these simple tips you can work towards a healthier you.