Just spend two minutes recalling the different activities you did today or during the week. What came to your mind? I am sure most of you will have these common answers :- Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat.
Am I right?
This is the motto of our generation. In this fast moving world, we are so caught up in the competition that we forget many importance things. And the most important of all this is our health.
We have so little time to take care of our health. Look at the kids of our generation. A majority of them are overweight. They prefer playing online football as compared to actual real life football. Junk is their go to food. They finish bottles of carbonated drinks within minutes.
These kids grow up to adults with improper health. And the biggest effect that this improper health is in our hearts. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide.
Our hearts are made to be loved and not to suffer. Heart diseases are on rise among young people. Our lifestyle and stressful work background is a big contributor to harming our hearts.
But it’s never too late to start taking care of your precious little heart. We can start with small baby steps and change our lifestyle to a healthier one.
Here are the things we can do:
- Daily Eating Habits
When it comes to heart health, having a healthy and balanced diet plays a major role in someone’s risk for developing heart disease. Regular consumption of excessive oily foods or foods with high levels of fat is harmful for health. Put raw veggies and fruits in front in the refrigerator and healthy snacks in the front of the pantry. Use heart & health friendly food products. Avoid junk food. Look for cookbooks that focus on heart health in your local bookstore or online.
Exercise is a key to everything. Step, march or jog in place for at least 15 minutes a day while watching your favorite TV shows. Skip using vehicles, elevators or escalators. Yoga is very helpful too. There are some specific yoga aasans that help you maintain a good heart. Anyone with health issues should talk to their doctor before starting a new activity, but generally, moderate aerobic exercise 30 minutes daily, or intense exercise about three times per week, is recommended.
- Health Check Ups
Another important factor is health checkups. Get yourself checked every six months. If you have pain in your chest, take medical advice and don’t try to treat your illness at home. Early detection of problems can help eliminate chances of heart diseases and strokes.
Have a positive attitude in life. Let go of small things. Sometimes, too many tensions may also have a bad effect on your heart. Staying positive will help you fight temptations too. To maintain momentum with exercising, losing weight, or quitting smoking, keep track of your achievements and reward yourself by doing something you enjoy.
Smoking is the most preventable risk factor for heart disease. It’s recommended that all types of tobacco be eliminated. It’s also important to stay away from second hand smoke. In addition, alcohol is also not a friend to your heart. Limit the intake of alcohol to see your health change for good.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night? Water keeps you hydrated. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that guys who drank five or more glasses of water had only a 46% chance of having a heart attack.
So, what little steps will you take to keep your heart healthy!