Some rather little lifestyle changes can result in big heart health benefits.
Do you know that you need to make some changes for the benefit of your heart health, but are wondering where to start? Try these easy lifestyle changes to get you going in the right direction.
1. Walk. The American Heart Association advises exercising at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days each week. You don't need to run a marathon or even join a gym to reap the heart-healthy rewards of physical activity. You can simply start with walking. It's easy, you can do it just about anywhere with anyone, and chances are it will quickly become an enjoyable healthy habit.
2. Pay attention to portions. Quick, what's your favorite food? Well, whatever your answer, chances are you can eat it as long as it's enjoyed in moderation as part of an overall healthy diet. As important as what you eat, is how much you eat. Note serving sizes and avoid super-sized portions because too much of anything is never a good thing.
3. Make some simple food substitutions. Choose whole-grains over refined grains. Choose low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt as opposed to the full-fat varieties. Choose lean meat, or better yet, fish such as salmon that's rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, instead of fatty meats. Snack on fruit instead of chips, cookies or other convenience foods.
4. Drink smart. A cup or two of coffee can be fine, however don't consume caffeine in excess. That means keeping an eye on coffee beverages, sodas and energy drinks.
5. Visit your doctor. Do you only go to the doctor if you have a nagging ailment? Be sure to also go for wellness visits as a means of preventative care. Heart problems can often be avoided if the warning signs are spotted early.
Want to learn more? Join us at Heart Smart Saturday at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. Attendees receive free screenings and education for cholesterol, blood pressure, stroke and more. For more information, call us at (214) 473-7675.