How to Get Heart Healthy This Year
By Genevieve Cunningham
There are plenty parts of our bodies that we could live without, even if we didn’t want to. An arm or leg? Technically, we could make it. Even some of our internal organs … one kidney, a spleen, an appendix … we can live without these, and what’s more, we can lead completely normal lives. But the heart? That’s a necessity that no one can do without. The heart pumps blood throughout our bodies, keeping us oxygenated and alive. Why do we not pay more attention to this vital organ? Even though this year is about to enter its second quarter, it’s still a great time to make heart health a goal. To get on top of keeping your heart as healthy as possible, take a look at these tips for the rest of the year.
Focus on More Vegetables
The ultimate plan is to eat a well balanced diet with few foods that would top the bad list. The reality is that this kind of change in lifestyle takes time. Instead of overhauling everything at once, focus on getting more vegetables. At dinner, stick with one meat and two veggies. At lunch, go for as many veggies as possible. Snacks and breakfast should also contain vegetables as much as possible. This helps eliminate some of the unhealthier sides, like starches and carbs, that many of us fall into. This year, focus on vegetables and your heart health is likely to improve.
Plan Plenty of Time for Cardio
While all exercise, whether it be weights or running or some hybrid mix, is good for the body, cardio remains king when it comes to the heart. Cardio strengthens the heart, which means that it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. This saves the life of the heart, which means without any unforeseeable cause, it will last longer and be stronger for more years.
Do Not Smoke, and Drink Only in Moderation
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know by now that smoking is terrible for everyone's health. And for the heart, it’s a strain that is unnecessary and dangerous. If you smoke, you must find it in yourself to quit as soon as possible. Likewise, alcohol has been proven to be bad for overall health, especially in large quantities. If a drink is a desire, that’s probably OK, but keep it in moderation to protect the heart for a long time yet.
While there is some advice floating around out there about how to keep the heart healthy, it seems as though there just isn’t enough for such an important part of the body. The truth is that heart health is vital to your well-being. Use these tips to protect your heart this year and to set yourself up on the path to long-term health and wellness.
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