Nutrition And Lifestyle Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy
As you get all geared up and into your new fitness lifestyle, it’s important in your quest for the best looking body that you don’t neglect key health elements such as the health of your organs.
One of the most important ones being your heart.
Many people simply aren’t at the level of health that they would ideally be at and could be putting themselves at risk for heart disease, one of the leading diseases in our modern world.
Fortunately, improving your heart health isn’t all that difficult.
The great news is that, for the most part, it’s far easier to maintain a healthy heart than it is to say get six pack abs, so if you are motivated enough, it’s a goal that you can easily achieve.
Let’s look at five ways that you can improve your heart health to ensure you lead a long life.
Know Your Ideal Body Weight
The first thing is to make sure that you know your ideal body weight.
Carrying excess fat is one of the biggest contributors to an unhealthy heart because not only does this likely mean you have high cholesterol levels which is basically ‘plaque’ on your arteries, but it also means that your heart is having to work harder than normal all throughout the day.
Translation? Excess strain and stress is being placed on that muscle.
Remember that your heart is a muscle just like any other in the body and if it gets overworked, it’s not going to function as effectively as it should.
If you don’t maintain an ideal body weight for aesthetic purposes, do it for heart health.
You don’t necessarily need to be extremely lean to have a healthy heart (and in fact, being too lean can also harm your heart), but you do need to be at a proper BMI level.
Load Up On The Right Fats
The next step to promote a healthy heart is to load up on the right types of fats. This means unsaturated and omega fats.
Great sources include olive oil, nuts and seeds, natural nut butter, salmon, mackerel, avocados, along with flaxseeds and flaxseed oils.
Try and steer clear of hydrogenated fats at all costs. These are a man-made fat that will only harm your body, putting you at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Generally, if you find fat in a naturally occurring food non-animal food, you can rest assured it’s healthy.
Don’t shun all saturated fat though – some saturated fat is needed to keep your diet in check, but keep it to around 15% or so of your total dietary fat intake. Too much saturated fat can likewise decrease your heart health.
Watch Those Carbs
Another food that you need to be careful about eating is carbohydrates.
Not all carbohydrates are bad, but any that are heavily processed and stripped of their nutrients are ones that you will want to avoid.
These types of carbohydrates can raise triglyceride levels quickly as they rapidly get converted into body fat stores, putting your heart-health at risk.
When selecting the carbs for your diet, try and keep it to unprocessed, natural sources only such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, oatmeal, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
These will all support heart health thanks to the high dose of fibre they also contain.
Know That All Activity Counts
One great thing to keep in mind regarding heart health is that any activity can count.
Some people think that to be healthy they need to be doing intense exercise in the gym multiple times a week, but that isn’t so.
In fact, even light walking can do your heart good. If you just focus on adding more movement into your day, you’ll be all set.
Remember that every little bit adds up, so never think that it’s too short to count. It will.
Keep Stress At Bay
Finally, the last important tip to know and remember in order to keep your heart healthy is to make sure that you are doing your best to manage your stress level.
Those who are highly stressed out often experience increased blood pressure levels, which will also place excess strain on your heart.
In fact, there is a direct correlation with high stress individuals and their risk of a heart attack, so note that it really pays to practice stress reduction strategies.
Whether this is going for a long walk, talking with a friend, writing in a journal, practicing meditation, or otherwise.
Do something that will help you gain control over your stress levels.
These are key tips to know and remember about heart health.
With a few simple and smart adjustments in your day to day living, you should easily be able to boost your heart health while improving other elements of your fitness in the process.