Age is just a number.Yet there is no age for heart problems. Whether you are 50 or 15 the most important thing is to prevent and manage heart diseases. It is also true that as we grow up and begin to get old so does our body. Have we not wondered so many times that only if we could reverse this aging process, get healthier and younger? It looks like we can get healthier and another very good news on the health front is the fact our heart can get up to 50% healthier but only if...
No I would not ask you to do anything drastic, follow the exercise and diet regime of a beauty queen or a Mr Universe depending on your gender.
All I am referring to are #ChhoteKadam or baby steps that would yield a rich dividend and make your heart up to 50% healthier
#ChhoteKadam No 1: Anger and stress only harms your health and heart. So the #ChhoteKadam #1 is that we remain happy.
Happiness is a state of mind and just by remaining happy you can do yourself a big favor.
The easiest way to be happy is to tell yourself that being happy is good for me and getting stressed is bad.This talking to oneself is like a self therapy.
Pick up a hobby and try to do things that make you happy. It could be to learn how to cook a new dish or play a musical instrument or sing. Stay stress free as far as possible.
So what if you are only a bathroom singer as long as you feel good about singing the #ChhoteKadam are leading you towards the right direction.
#ChhoteKadam #2 Lead an Active Lifestyle
Active lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart. An active lifestyle is a stress buster in itself. You could Set a goal to walk 30 minutes every day or learn how to swim.
You could begin to do Yoga and meditation which helps to relax.
Physical activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health along with helping you to look and feel great.
Start small, Keep realistic goals.
Keep ten minute sessions throughout the day and build up from there.
Make exercise part of your daily routine. The best way is to make an activity diary to help monitor your progress and success. If you miss a day, don't worry - just make sure you start again the next day. Everyday activities count, so look out for opportunities to be active during the day. Use the stairs instead of the escalators. Do some stretches when watching TV.
Involve friends and family to make activities more fun, sociable and enjoyable. Go jogging with a friend and support and motivate each other, take the children swimming or join an exercise class. By varying your activities, you are less likely to get bored and lose interest. Use a pedometer to count the number of steps you walk each day. It's easy to use. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you are ready to take a step in the right direction, so you can push yourself to go that bit further next time you exercise.
You could walk your children to school and back every day, take the dog for a walk or find a local park and go walking with a friend.
#ChhoteKadam #3 Eating Better
A balanced diet and eating at regular intervals without skipping meals helps us to cope with stress.
Healthy diet reduces the risk of developing coronary heart diseases and stops the weight gain process. It helps to lower the cholesterol level and even if one has heart problems a healthy diet benefits the heart. For balanced diet eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Take plenty of starched foods such as rice and potatoes. Some milk & dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans for proteins.
Choose food that is lower in fat, salt and sugar. Cut down on foods containing trans fats. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your hearts health. Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol causes abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to your heart muscle and other diseases such as stroke, liver problems and some types of cancers.
Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. To cope with stress many of us over indulge in smoking, drinking too much alcohol and over eating. All of these increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Watch your weight and remain positive
Remember & Practice these simple and #ChhoteKadam Daily and continue moving towards a heart that is upto 50% healthier.