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5 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier

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The best way to protect your heart is to keep it beating strong all year long. Here are some of the easiest ways to improve your heart health:

Get Active: Exercise can make your heart stronger. It can also help you lose weight, lower “bad” cholesterol levels, and reduce blood pressure. All of these changes are good for heart health and overall health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Modest exercise can include walking or leaf raking.

De-Stress: Recent research shows that lowering your stress can lower your blood pressure. One study found that 8 weeks of yoga and meditation helped people lower their blood pressure. When you’re feeling stressed focus on your breath, taking deep inhales and exhales.

Eat Healthy: What you eat is important. So is how you cook. For good flavor with less fat and cholesterol than frying, try stir-frying, roasting, grilling, or steaming.

Be Friendly: Friendship and family support can help lower risk for heart disease. Social support from friends and family can also help people recover from heart attacks. Strengthening your relationships so you have a handful of people to lean on—in good times and bad—can help you be healthier.

Quit Smoking: Smoking increases your risk of heart problems. To start with, it pollutes your body with harmful chemicals. Smoking also causes plaque to build up in your arteries like a hair clog in a drain pipe. When your blood can’t flow, you can have a stroke or heart attack. We can help you find a supportive and comprehensive program to quit smoking. Call us for more information.

Y0103_WEB_00142v2 — Approved (Updated 12/31/2015)

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