Get your heart going – get your heart pumping for 30-60 minutes a day. You don’t have to do 30-60 minutes at a time, though. Exercise can be done in as little as 10 minute increments a day. So, take the stairs when possible, use your breaks at work to take a walk around your building at work, and walk to lunch (if you leave your building) when possible.
Maintain a healthy weight by eating healthy – what we put into our bodies is extremely important. Individuals who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of heart failure, heart attacks, and diabetes. Cut out the junk food, the fast food, the sodas, and the unhealthy snacks to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy weight.
Maintain a regular medication routine – when your doctor prescribes medications it’s usually for a good reason. Many people stop taking their prescribed medications without discussing it with their doctor. Many times the patient doesn’t understand what this can do to their bodies. If you stop taking certain prescribed medications you may increase your risk of a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.
Reduce stress – I know, I know…this is a difficult one for everyone (including me), but it is a necessity. Reducing stress takes pressure off of your heart and increases your chance for a longer, healthier lifestyle. I’ve written many posts about stress. Here are a few:
Do you work at maintaining a healthy heart? What do you do?