10.27.2017

Heart Health: How to Keep Yours Tickety-Boo

We don’t tend to think about it when we’re in our 20’s or 30’s but our heart health can make a huge difference to how we feel later on. As soon as you hit your 50’s your heart will play a major role in your aging process. If you do what you can to look after your heart health now, you may feel a lot sprightlier when you’re older. Having said that, it isn’t worth taking your heart in your own hands right now? Here’s how to keep your heart in top shape.

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Increase Your Exercise
Sadly, there aren’t many of us who are getting the daily exercise we need to keep our hearts ticking away as they should. The government only recommends at least thirty minutes of cardio per day, but anyone with a busy schedule may find that difficult to squeeze in. If you’re having difficulty, you can start off by doing some brisk walking on the spot in front of the TV. Step it up to a jog once you’ve got the hang of it and keep adding on five minutes until you’re up to 30.

Stay Hydrated
There are so many benefits to staying hydrated throughout the day. Firstly, it prevents dehydration and headaches from occurring, especially on warm days. However, we aren’t often made aware of the benefits it can have on our hearts. We need to stay hydrated to encourage good circulation around the body. Since the heart is responsible for pumping blood to all of our major organs, it’s vital that it gets what it needs to do its job properly.

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Stay Safe
If you’ve got a pre-existing heart condition, you’ll need to look after yourself when you’re out and about. Make sure to take any medications with you and set an alarm so you don’t forget to take them on time. Visit foremostequipment.com/zoll-aed-plus and take a look at the latest equipment for emergencies with heart patients. Having something like this with you as you visit new places could give you the peace of mind you need to live life to the fullest. It’s also a good idea to have identification and details of your condition and medication on your person in the event of an accident or emergency.

Monitor Your Cholesterol
You don’t have to be a medical professional to know that cholesterol is bad for the heart. The best way of monitoring your cholesterol is to schedule yearly check-ups with your doctor and have yourself tested for high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. If your levels come back high, discuss a plan with your doctor on how to tackle the problem. You’ll likely have to avoid fatty foods and add more fruit and veg to your diet.

Keep Positive
If you’ve picked up a few bad habits, like smoking or a bad diet, maintaining a healthy heart may not be easy. But, if you accept help and do what you can to change your habits, your hearts future will be bright.


1 comment

  1. Great tips! Heart health is SOOO important! I know this, as a nurse, but still struggle to exercise and drink enough water. I appreciate this great reminder!

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