Improving the health of your heart should be on the top of everyone’s list of priorities – not only those over the age of 60.
A lifetime of care will give your heart everything it needs for when you are older, but it’s not all about planning for the future – heart attacks are on the rise in younger people, so we could all do with treating our tickers a little better. Although it may sound daunting, improving the health of your heart only involves a few simple steps.
Eating healthily isn’t just about keeping your weight under control; your diet has a substantial effect on all aspects of your health – especially your cardiovascular health. Reducing your intake of salt and saturated fat, while increases your intake of fibre, fish and fruit/veg will help to keep this vital organ in tip top condition for a long time to come.
Just like with the rest of your body, your heart requires training and practice to function at its best. As you would lift weights to improve your muscle, you need to get your heartrate going to keep it at peak condition – that means getting out there and exercising regularly. Taking the stairs, walking a bit further from the bus or just taking some time on the treadmill will all improve the cardiovascular condition.
While some of us might not like to admit it, alcohol has a whole host of detrimental effects on our bodies – one of which is putting strain on your heart. To keep your heart fighting fit, cut your alcohol intake to the recommended levels and avoid binge drinking.
The detrimental health consequences that come with smoking have been known for decades, but that doesn’t stop more than 15% of the UK population from doing so. Quite simply, the only way to reduce the health effects of smoking are to stop smoking entirely. Even infrequent smoking can have severe consequences and the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown, so it’s really best not to risk it at all.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep deprivation can negatively impact the health of your heart by putting more strain on your cardiovascular system. In fact, chronic poor sleep has been directly connected to an increased frequency of heart conditions. Forming a good routine and sleeping for the recommended 6-8 hours a night will take some of the strain off your heart, while also doing wonders for your mood.
Take Time to Relax
Downtime and relaxation have more than just purely psychological benefits, they can improve your physical health too. Taking the time out of the day to just settle down and relax, no matter what that means to you, will have a direct positive impact on your heart while also improving some of the related elements of your health like sleep and diet.
Pay a Doctor a Visit
Working to keep the old ticker well maintained doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know how well it is doing. Regular check-ups will help you to keep track of how your heart is improving and may also highlight other areas for improvements. These check-ups will also help to make sure that any conditions that affect your heart are picked up early, before they do too much damage. Services like OneWelbeck Heart Health will give you that helping hand to keep your heart working well, while also offering treatment for when things go wrong.
While some of these steps may seem easier than the others, it’s important that you don’t skip any of them. All these factors have significant consequences for the health of your heart, so they are all worth doing equally. And yes, that does mean that you need to cut down on the pints – sorry!