In honor of American Heart Month, we think it’s important to highlight the best ways for you to check your heart health and what steps you can take to better your heart health now and in the future. Below are just a few simple ways for you to improve or maintain your heart health.
Elevate your Exercise
It’s crucial to stay active especially if you work a job that doesn’t require a lot of movement and can be pretty stagnant. In order to combat this, try taking a quick walk at hourly intervals. Getting up and moving around keeps your body active and your heart pumping blood which can combat against stagnation in the blood stream. If you can’t find time to take a brisk walk, try doing stretches intermittently. This can help increase blood flow to your muscles helping your body stay energized. After work, try going on a walk or hitting the gym to exercise your muscles after a day of inactivity. Exercise will help your heart stay healthy and can help you stay active for longer.
Be Proactive about Blood Pressure
According to the US National Library of Medicine, about 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure. This can be especially daunting because blood pressure usually doesn’t have any warning-signs but the consequences can be grave. On the positive side of things, there are numerous ways to prevent high blood pressure. As we talked about before, regular exercise can be a big factor but things such as limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, and managing stress can all be beneficial to maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
Say Hello to Sleep
Not getting enough sleep can mean that you’re at risk for heart disease. Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Having positive and well-maintained sleep habits can not only improve your heart health, it can also help regulate your circadian rhythm and improve your overall mood. If you’re not getting enough sleep try natural remedies such as melatonin to help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep for longer. Getting enough sleep is crucial to functioning better throughout the day and keeping your brain and heart healthy and happy.
While these aren’t the only ways to maintain and improve heart health, we believe that it’s a good start. It’s never too late to start making strides towards the right direction. Consider changing a few things in your life now to improve your heart health and in the long run, your heart will thank you.