Did you know, throughout our lifetime, our heart pumps thousands of gallons of blood through the body? It is a major lifeline as it delivers oxygen to the organs. However, our changing lifestyle and eating patterns have become a great threat to our heart. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases account up to 17.3 million deaths per year, and the number is expected to starkly grow over 23.6 million by 2030. So, here are top 5 activities that you can imbibe in your everyday schedule to keep your heart beating healthily.
1. Monitor Your Diet
Cholesterol-rich food is a strict No-No for maintaining a healthy heart. To keep your heart fit, you should:
- Eat healthy fats that can help raise your HDL levels. For example, walnuts, olive oil, wild salmon, avocado, and flaxseed
- Try some supplements like B-Vitamins
- Take lots of Vitamin C
- Eat foods rich in Sulphur compounds, like onion and garlic
- Eliminate sugary snacks, processed foods, energy drinks and sodas from your diet
2. Move it Out, Especially the Waistline
You need not be super thin to maintain a healthy heart. But, according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, weighing too much around the middle waistline severely affects the blood lipids, which may incur damage to the heart. To maintain a slender waistline, you can try exercises like squats, rotating press, reaching row, curtsey curl and side planks.
3. Indulge in Some Aerobics
To maintain an optimum heart health, 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercises every day, is recommended by the American Health Association. If you can’t get 30 minutes altogether, you can divide your exercise into 10 to 15-minute segment. You can also try some de-stressing exercises, as stress plays a crucial role in heart health.
4. Add Some Humor to Life
Laugh out loud! Whether you like a comic TV series or gossiping and chuckling with friends, laughing is good for your heart. Laughter helps relieve stress, which in turn promotes healthy function of blood vessels. Moreover, the effect of humor lasts for more than 24 hours and makes you keep feeling good. So watch your favorite comedy show or go see a comedy movie to be heart-healthy.
5. Do Household Chores
Ever wondered, how much mopping, vacuuming or other household activities can help you to keep your heart healthy? They might not be as effective as a Zumba Class or a Body Slam, but they do burn calories and help you keep your heart healthy. Moreover, it can be done every day! So, put your favorite music on and zing up your daily chores to get fit.
Everyone has to start someday. Why not now? If you’ve never indulged into a healthy regime, set a goal for every day and stick to it. Age can never be a constraint in getting into a healthy lifestyle. It’s also never too late to start some healthy habits.