Small healthy choices every day can make a big difference in your heart health! According to the American Heart Association, the following are small but important ways that you can promote a healthy heart
Stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk of cardiovascular and lung disease. If someone in your home smokes, encourage them to take steps to quit and live heart healthy.
Choose a heart healthy diet. A healthy diet is the best prevention against cardiovascular disease. The foods you choose can affect your cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and weight management. For a heart healthy diet, avoid processed foods, saturated fats and sugar. Enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and lean meats such as fish and chicken.
Know your cholesterol numbers. Your cholesterol is a good indicator about your cardiovascular health. Know your HDL, LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol numbers to set goals for improving your cardiovascular health.
Exercise every day. Make a goal to incorporate movement into your everyday routine For seniors with mobility issues, gentle movement such as yoga, tai-chi, walking or cardio-drumming can be adapted to fit any ability level. Exercise is also a fun way to socialize with friends and meet your fitness goals together.
Talk to your doctor about your heart health. Know your risk factors and talk to your doctor about how you can improve your cardiac health. Make an annual appointment with your doctor to discuss your questions for heart healthy living.