Keep your Heart Healthy!
Small steps you can take every day to take care of your heart
Keeping your heart healthy is something you can work on every day. What you eat, how much you move, whether you smoke and controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure are five things that can have a big impact on your heart.
Follow a Heart Healthy Diet
Eat more fruit and vegetables. A diet full of a variety of fruit and vegetables is linked to healthier hearts and a lower risk of heart disease.
Switch to wholegrain. Wholegrain cereals include more of the natural grain. This means they have more nutrients like dietary fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, and healthy fats.
Make healthy fat choices. The best fats to include in your diet are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (omega-3 and omega-6) fats. You can find these healthier fats in avocados, nuts, fish and sunflower seeds.
Use herbs and spices instead of salt. Eating too much salt is bad for your heart. The sodium in salt can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.
Get up and move throughout the day. Any activity is better than none. Even light-intensity activity can offset the serious health risks.
Move more. Get up and move throughout the day. Any activity is better than none. Even light-intensity activity can offset serious health risks.
Set realistic goals. Any physical activity is better than none. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity. Exercise helps lower blood pressure over time.
Choose activities you enjoy. When you enjoy being active, you're more likely to do it more often.
Be Smoke Free
The first step to quitting is understanding the risks associated with smoking. Smoking damages the blood vessels leading to your heart, brain and other parts of your body. This makes your four times more likely to die of heart attack or stroke and three times more likely to die from sudden cardiac death.