Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States and many other parts of the world. According to the CDC, almost 28 million adults are diagnosed with heart disease each year.
Want to avoid becoming part of this harrowing statistic? Start taking steps now to take care of your heart. You don’t have to make major changes. Small adjustments in your daily routine can add up to real health benefits. Try these three easy methods to promote cardiovascular health.
If you don’t do any exercise at all, it’s time to start. Your goal should be to lose weight and build lean muscle. But even something as simple as walking 10 minutes each day can make a big difference. Why?
Life is becoming more and more sedentary. It can be hard to find time and opportunity to get active. But don’t underestimate the power of even a little bit of physical activity - including short walks.
Does your job leave you sitting all day? Make an effort to get up and stretch once every hour. Even this minimal physical movement will make a difference.
After reviewing several observational studies, “researchers have found that in those who sat the most, there was an associated 147% increase in cardiovascular events and a 90% increase in death caused by those events.”
Here are a few easy ways to fight the trend toward a sedentary lifestyle:
Already doing well in this regard? Great. Stay active. Include aerobic activities that exercise your heart and keep it working hard. Brisk walking, running, cycling, rowing, and swimming are all excellent options.
Do you struggle to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night? Make this a priority if you want to promote heart health.
The Cleveland Clinic reports that “researchers believe sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes, including blood pressure and inflammation.”
Want to get to sleep earlier and enjoy a better quality of sleep? Use these tips:
This is a big one. The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet is a recipe for cardiovascular disaster.
No time to eat right? Think the changes you’ll have to make are too difficult? Stay positive. Make these small changes to start improving your health now.
You don’t have to totally change your lifestyle in order to take better care of your heart. Use these tips to make healthy adjustments. You will be able to enjoy the benefits - a long, healthy life.