You may think to yourself, “I can’t improve my health” or “it’s just too much effort” or “I don’t know how to make my heart healthier.” Don’t worry, many people do, but there’s no need as it can be very simple.
Here are 5 small changes that can have a big impact on your health;
Get Active – Regular exercise improves your heart rate which can reduce the chance of any heart or cardiac related diseases in the future. Therefore, making time for a 20-minute run or other form of exercise every day will not only give you self-confidence and fulfilment, but will also help improve your heart.
Eat Better – Ensuring you’re eating heart healthy foods such as avocado, nuts, and fish, you will be providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function efficiently. Eating well is key in allowing your heart to work at an optimum level. Check out our social media pages for an array of recipes and video guides on some lovely meals that are not only simple, but #HeartSmart too.
Lose Weight – Obesity puts you at a much higher risk of contracting heart problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more which is why it’s important to do the above, in order to lose weight. The heavier you are, the more prone you are to these problems which is why it’s paramount you address this if you are overweight.
Stop Smoking – Smoking increases the risk that you will contract an array of cardiovascular diseases, among the many others that can affect your body including cancer. If you stop smoking, you will very quickly start to feel the differences. We can’t stress how important it is to stop smoking if you do, as the risks are far too high and the activity only harms your heart. Our article titled “Smoking and your heart” has more information.
Reduce Blood Sugar – High blood sugar can lead to diabetes which can have an adverse effect on your heart. To reduce your blood sugar there are an array of things you can do including;
- Regular exercise – This increases insulin sensitivity which allow your muscles to pick up sugars from the blood which reduces your levels
- Increasing fibre intake – Foods such as vegetables, fruits and wholegrains are rich in fibre and can help slow down digestion and sugar absorption, which in turn promotes a gradual rise in blood sugar levels
- Staying hydrated with water – Regular consumption of water lowers blood sugar levels thorgh the hydration of the blood. It can also help prevent diabetes which will reduce the chance of carious heart/cardiac problems
- Reduce stress levels – Taking classes in yoga or something alike can help you control blood sugar levels as hormones are stowed during high levels of stress, and the concealed hormones case your blood sugar levels to rise.
- Controlling your Carbohydrate intake – Carbs are digested and processed as glucose which raises blood sugar levels. Reducing your intake will reduce your blood sugar levels
Making these small changes to your life really will make a big difference and allow you to be Heart Smart for the rest of your life.
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