5 TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART
Believe it or not? Couples stay together healthier and happier when they make taking care of heart health a priority when it comes to their daily regimen. Here are 5 tips for taking care of your heart and growing young together with your loved one:
1. KEEP A HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT
The ideal weight range falls between body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 and 24.9. It is recommended to start losing extra weight if your BMI is above 25; losing weight also helps with lowering high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
2. MAINTAIN HEALTHY LEVELS OF BLOOD CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE AND BLOOD SUGAR
Perform an annual health check to monitor your blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, so that you can maintain a healthy heart profile. Furthermore, it’s important to eat a healthy diet and stay physically active to keep those levels at check!
3. FOLLOW A DIET THAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART
When deciding what to eat, choose foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Choose lean cuts of poultry and meat, and limit the use of deep frying methods in food preparation. Consume fish on a daily basis and choose oily fish (e.g. salmon or sardine) twice a week. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as they contain fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as phytochemicals that are good for your heart. It is also good to reduce your salt and sugar intake.
4. STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Having an exercise routine helps maintain healthy levels of blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol. So choose the activities that you enjoy the most, and slowly increase the frequency over time.
5. MANAGE STRESS
Stress is no laughing matter. Having too much stress may increase your blood pressure and burden your heart. It is good to partake in relaxing activities such as yoga and meditation to relieve stress.