Love, Your Heart

by New Frontiers News & Events on February 1, 2016

Yes, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Many people make it harder than it is. Read the labels, and know what you’re buying. Here are some guidelines:

Exercise: It doesn’t have to be vigorous. Anything you can do to keep your heart rate elevated for 30 minutes is helpful. 

Keep moving: Take the stairs, park farther away from the entrance, walk around the house while you’re on the phone. Stay active any way you can. 

Eat old school style: Fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and beans, whole grains. Limit refined carbs, fats, and fatty cuts of meat. 

Chill out: We can’t avoid stress, but we can control how we deal with it and how it affects us. Yoga or a walk/run are great ways to train our body to handle stress. Practice stress-relieving activities like knitting or jigsaw puzzles. 

Rest up: Make it a priority to get enougHeart-healthy lifestyleh sleep and be well-rested. When we’re asleep, our heart rate and blood pressure goes down, giving the heart a much-needed break. Try to get 7 hours of sleep each night.  

Substituting healthy habits for unhealthy ones rewards you with more stamina, better quality of life – and a healthier you.

 

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