February 2, 2021 — February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to examine your current lifestyle and make changes adopting habits that will help keep your heart healthy. Southwoods Cardiology wants to remind you that making small adjustments to your everyday life can go a long way, and help lower your risk of heart disease and other heart problems.
Here are six ways to keep your heart healthy from Southwoods Cardiology:
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is an important factor to any healthy lifestyle, but especially when it comes to the heart. Eating healthy fats, cutting back on salt and sugar, and filling up on produce and whole grains will keep your cholesterol levels low and heart healthy. Supplying your body with the proper nutrients makes a huge difference when it comes to your cardiovascular health.
Exercising and staying active is a great way to lower your risk of heart attack or heart disease, while boosting your overall health. It’s recommended that adults get 30 minutes of exercise five or more days a week for heart health. While running on the treadmill or lifting weights at the gym are great options, activities like playing outside with your kids, walking your dog or doing yard work can get your heart rate up and fit within your busy lifestyle.
Smoking increases your risk of cancer, lung disease and diseases of the heart. If you are a smoker, taking necessary steps to quit can improve your overall health. Giving up smoking for good can be tough, but there are options such as medicine, support groups, counseling and more to help you quit.
Watch Your Weight
Many people struggle with their weight, but a few simple lifestyle changes and healthy habits can help you lose a few pounds and maintain a healthy weight. By making healthy food choices, staying active and spending less time sitting in front of the computer or TV, you can lower your risk of heart disease while improving your overall health.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough rest has many benefits, especially when it comes to heart health. Slipping into a deep sleep allows your body to go into periods of low blood pressure and lowered heart rate, allowing your body to recover and replenish the fuel needed to keep you energized the next day. Aim for 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
Managing stress and focusing on your mental health is an essential part of keeping your heart healthy. Your mind has a huge impact on your body and having a healthy mind affects the health of your body. In today’s world, managing stress can be difficult, but making sure you have outlets like a fun hobby, yoga or meditation can help you relax and de-stress.
Southwoods Cardiology says while these tips are simple, they can make a huge difference and ensure your heart is functioning at its best. This February, and all year round, keep these tips in mind to improve your overall health and keep your heart strong.
Southwoods Cardiology is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive care and works with your primary care physician to ensure that care is coordinated. If you are in need of cardiovascular care and are interested in an evaluation, contact your primary care physician for a referral.