How to Care for Your Heart: World Heart Day

Keeping fit and healthy is a choice and can never be forced. But the point is why wait for the adversities to affect your body when you can easily follow a healthy routine on a daily basis. Keeping fit helps in maintaining a healthy heart, a sound body and controlled BP and cholesterol. If things seem messed up, make it a point to follow these easy steps to keep your heart healthy, this World Heart Day!

Eat Healthily. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle – Eating the right food coupled with healthy fats and no trans fats will keep your heart happy. Plan your diet in a way that you can cut down the bad fats called trans fats that clog the arteries resulting in heart diseases. Mostly, packed food, snacks, baked goods, and fried fast food contain trans fats. Avoid them and add healthy snacks including green leafy vegetables and salads in your diet.

Avoid Sitting for the Long stretch of time  – Sitting at a stretch for long hours at work or home is really dangerous for your health. It is really important to move on the go. Take short breaks while working and walk a little. Use stairs at work and park a little far away from the office to walk and reach there. Little movement every hour is important for the body to function properly.

Keep off Smoking – Smoking either actively or passively is really bad for health. Keep off smoking or try reducing your cigarette intake. Tobacco smoke is dangerous and really bad. According to the American Heart Association, exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year.  The non-smokers who suffer from high blood pressure also carry a risk of getting a heart disease when exposed to passive or second-hand smoke.

Get Good Sleep and Drink Lots of Water – A healthy heart requires a good 8 hours of sleep every day. Lack of sleep or an uneasy sleep can result in cardiovascular diseases. If you suffer from insomnia you must get treatment for the same to avoid lack of sleep coz if any problem, if not diagnosed on time, can result in serious health problems in the future. Also, make it a practice to carry a water bottle along and drink at least 8 to 10 liters of water to keep hydrated.

This World Heart Day make a resolution to yourself to keep track of your healthy and unhealthy habits to work on staying fit. Keep a positive attitude towards like schedule your exercise regime, eat healthily and keep yourself motivated by giving yourself credit. Lose that extra baggage of weight and keep fit. All the Best!

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