Your heart is a vital organ providing your body with the oxygen and nutrients required to function at its best. Good health begins with your heart and by following a few simple principles you can help ensure your heart is ready to keep up with life’s rhythm.
Being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life with evidence showing that exercise boosts self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy. People who do regular activity also have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
Just three hours a week of regular activity can increase your life span by up to 4 years so see how you can raise your heart beat with a combination of cardio aerobic exercise and strength training:
- Aerobic exercise (eg running , swimming, walking) helps improve respiration, blood sugar control, cardiovascular health and fat burning
- Strength training helps build muscle mass – the greater your muscle mass, the easier it is for you to burn fat and maintain a healthy weight
Moderate exercise can help control appetite and reduce cravings, making it easier to stave off any creeping middle-aged spread.
You are what you eat
While the occasional treat is ok, make sure your diet contains a wide variety of nutritionally rich foods. Focus on eating more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and low fat protein. Enjoy the mixture of colours natural foods provide, as they offer a variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Make sure you choose the right kind of dietary fats to help keep your cholesterol level in check: Cut down on saturated fats and remove trans fats. Click here for more information on the fats in your diet
Our lifestyles can put a lot of pressure on our body so to satisfy your body's nutritional needs you might want to consider taking some supplements to top things up.
Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK. Giving up smoking increases your chances of living a longer and healthier life.
Keep calm, avoid stress
Stress can cause both physical and emotional problems so it’s important you recognise the symptoms early to help prevent a more serious issue.Laughter, on the other hand, makes life easier and will help you to de-stress. Meet up with friends, do things you enjoy, and smile as often as you can. This will help not only you, but also your heart, to de-stress.
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If you have health concerns about changing your lifestyle arrange to speak with your doctor who can listen to your concerns and provide you with advice that meets your particular needs
Further information on ways to improve your lifestyle can be found here