Heart Health Tips:
Adapt a Heart Healthy Diet!
- Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber.
- Eat fish at least twice a week.
- Limit how much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol you eat. Only 30% of your daily calories should come from fat, with very little of that from saturated fats.
- Select fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products.
- Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
- Limit your salt intake.
Work with your physician to develop a steady, consistent program of aerobic exercise.
And if trying to squeeze in a 45-minute workout every day is too overwhelming think about ways you can incorporate movement into your everyday life.
Try some of these tips:
- Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator at school or the mall. Just start with one flight. Soon, you’ll be ready for two.
- Park your car at the far end of the parking lot. The short walk to and from the store or school helps your heart.
- If you ride a bus or subway, get off a stop before your destination. Walk the rest of the way.
- If you can, spend a few minutes of your lunch break taking a stroll around your workplace. It will also help keep you awake after lunch
Even if you only smoke a few cigarettes a day, you are greatly increasing your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Smoking just one to five cigarettes daily increased the risk of heart attack by 40 percent in an international study of 15,000 heart attack victims.
These are just some of the great heart health tips we have to share. Be on the lookout for our next post with more healthy heart tips! And remember to consult your physician for more tips and regular check-ups!