Simple Steps to a Healthy Heart

Do you want to start this Summer on a healthy note? If so, you should begin this year by taking care of your heart. Following a few healthy habits can reduce the risk of heart related problems. The most common heart problem is heart failure which is a progressive disease that occurs when the heart muscle becomes weakened and unable to pump blood efficiently to meet the needs of the body.

Earlier only people above 50’s were at the risk of heart attacks but now due to stress and other lifestyle changes heart attacks have become a cause of concern even in people aged below 50. If you want to have a healthy heart following these simple lifestyle changes can prove to be a boon:

Maintain a healthy weight

People who are overweight are more likely develop heart-related problems, even if they have no other risk factors. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits can help reduce your weight.

Eat Healthy

You are what you eat and a healthy lifestyle begins when you start eating healthy. Eating fried food like French fries, fried chicken can be tempting but if you want to stay healthy it is better to eat grilled, baked or steamed food instead of deep-fried food articles. Always remember to add a serving of a fruit or vegetable with each meal, ideally eating five servings of fruits and/or vegetables each day. Choose lean meats, fish and low-fat dairy products.

Stay Active

Keeping your body moving lowers the risk of heart disease. Regular activity can help to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight. As little as 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days is recommended. Take a walk or find an exercise program that works best for you.