Many people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions each year because they focus too much on short-term or superficial goals. Picking a broader goal of improving your heart health will make it easier for you to stay focused and make progress toward a happier more productive you.
Living a heart-healthy lifestyle will naturally bring a fitter trimmer you with a sharper mind and more energy. As a bonus, it will deliver more years to enjoy the new you.
You want to look better, feel better and live a richer fuller life, make heart health a part of your New Year resolutions. Here are a few suggestions on where you can start.
No surprise this is the top of the list. According to the CDC, 36.5 million American adults still smoke tobacco. If you are one of them, ask your doctor about medical assistance in quitting. You are much more likely to succeed with their help.
There are direct links between developing heart disease and stress. Identify your stressors and deal with them head-on when possible. Release your emotions and don’t hold things in. Use stress-reducing activities like meditation, focused imagery, deep breathing techniques and daily exercise to reduce stress levels.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve your heart health. Just 30 minutes a day, five days a week can add years to your life. Find an aerobic form of exercise like cycling, swimming or running and go till you break a sweat and your heart rate increases but not until you are out of breath.
Lower your fat intake, watch your cholesterol intake, switch from red meat to fish and chicken, switch to whole grains instead of processed grains and don’t forget your fruits and vegetables. You’ll live longer and feel better.
Vascular conditions like a stroke can be the result of genetics, an unhealthy lifestyle, or another underlying condition. The best treatment of stroke is to prevent them and treat the risks that increase your chances of having a stroke, like hypertension, hyperlipidemia or atrial fibrillation.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing early warning signs of a possible heart or vascular condition, Carolina Heart & Leg Center is here to help. We are dedicated to serving our patients in a caring and supportive atmosphere with expert knowledge, patient education, and the highest standard of care. Contact us today at (910) 491- 1760 and put your health in good hands.