This guest post is provided by Amanda Ohls.
Those who worry about heart health issues due to genetics or lifestyle can start helping themselves today. The best thing that anyone can do is to be proactive about the choices they are making with regards to their heart health. The truth is that a few tweaks over a long-term period can do wonders for those who think heart issues could become a problem for them. Nothing will change if you are not willing to change your habits and the changes are not always as revolutionary as one might think. The following are tweaks to your lifestyle you can make in order to put your heart in better health.
Cut Down On Your Alcohol Intake
Everyone has heard that one glass of red wine per night can help with blood pressure. This might be true but the same rings true for grape juice as the antioxidants are what can help with heart health. Those who drink too much put their entire body under stress as most people do not stay well-hydrated and the consuming alcohol and/or caffeine can further exacerbate the issue. Too much caffeine and alcohol can be deadly as the alcohol can wear off far before the caffeine leading to issues. Work to cut your alcohol intake in half as your first tweak to a healthy heart…and liver will be much better off.
Stop Eating Red Meat
Cutting red meat out of your diet can help immensely since most of us consume far too much red meat on a regular basis. Those who stop eating red meat tend to report weight loss as well as fewer digestive problems. This is not as difficult as many people think since red meat alternatives have improved immensely over the years making them delicious replacements.
Schedule Time To Exercise Daily
Schedule time daily to exercise, regardless of how full your day may be. This scheduled exercise could be a long walk on your favorite hiking trail or you could go the traditional route by hitting the gym. Make sure to vary your workouts so you do not hit a plateau. Simply by exercising for a little each day, you are helping manage your weight, blood pressure, and cardiovascular endurance. If you are not sure what exercise program is right for you, take time to research online as there are thousands of plans for each specific goal you might have. If you are inactive now, consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
Manage Your Stress
Stress can kill if you not managed. Those in high profile jobs often suffer from heart issues. Taking the time to set out a little part of each day to relax or clear your mind is important. Something like taking a hot bath with essential oils can help put things into perspective if you’ve had a less than stellar week or month personally or professionally. The
Take time each day to make sure you are making heart-healthy decisions as your life depends on it!