The recommendations haven’t changed all that much…The medical community believes in not changing what isn’t broken; so the tips for lowering your risk of heart disease will be familiar.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
The three key areas we need to change are:
➡ The way we eat (too many and too much of the wrong things)
➡ Our lack of exercise
➡ Smoking...and this is a hard one for many.
But, if we can improve in these areas, you’ll be on your way to lowering your risk of heart disease dramatically, and the benefits will be visible almost immediately.
- Make exercise an important part of your week...the heart is a muscle, and you know what they say about muscles…if you don’t use them, you lose them!
An extra bonus of exercising is that it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Keep your weight down. This is crucial for lowering your risk of heart disease. Make this your primary goal.
- Improve the types of foods, and the amounts you eat. This will help with your heart health as well as your weight.
- Make sure your diet consists mainly of foods that are good for your health, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, along with plenty of whole grains, which are all loaded with good vitamins and minerals.
- Avoid foods that are high in calories but low in nutrition, like soft drinks and foods that contain a lot of fat and sugar…gotta keep that cholesterol down.
- Keep your blood pressure stable by limiting your intake of salt and salty snacks.
- If you are a smoker, this is the time to stop. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen your heart needs to work properly (among the many other complications it brings). The more you smoke the higher your risk.
It helps to stop thinking of healthy choices as “sacrifices”, and to start thinking them as “lifestyle choices.” That will not only improve but extend the amount of time you have to enjoy their benefits because you’ll be lowering your risk of heart disease.