A healthy heart depends on a healthy lifestyle. In honor of February being American Heart Month, you may appreciate a few reminders about keeping your heart healthy. A healthy lifestyle can put you on track to looking and feeling your very best.
Fuel up and Keep Moving
A heart-healthy diet is high in vegetables and low in sugar. You will also want to include low-fat protein, whole grains, fruit and heart-healthy fats, like nuts and olive oil. Fueling your body with the right foods is the first step to getting healthy. However, watching your diet is not enough on its own; you also need regular exercise. You should aim for 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week. If you’re overwhelmed with the idea of exercise, start with these steps:
- Start with an attainable goal – determine what you’d like to accomplish and the best method to reach your goal. Whether you’d like to lose weight, gain muscle or just get your body in it’s best shape, the first step is to set your goal and hold yourself accountable.
- Break your activity into manageable segments – start with 10 minutes of exercise 3 times per day, and work up to 30 minutes at a time. Starting slowly will allow you to achieve your goals and be motivated to continue.
- Get moving – an exercise as simple as walking will promote heart health. Just get your body moving!
Give Up the Nicotine
You already know that smoking is not a healthy lifestyle choice. Quitting may not be easy, but you will reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
There are many other benefits to quitting smoking, including:
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Skin will not age as quickly
- A stronger immune system
- Reduced cancer risk
When you stay hydrated, you are helping your heart do its job. Dehydration decreases your blood volume, making your heart beat faster and work harder. There are many benefits to drinking more water. When you drink more water, you will experience:
- Reduced headaches and fatigue
- Toxin elimination
- Aided Digestion
- Moist and supple skin
- Reduced appetite and hopefully healthy food choices
Heart health is a great motivation for exercise, but so is looking and feeling your best. Once you start exercising and eating right, you’ll start seeing the results you want.
If diet or exercise cannot eliminate your concerns, contact Brooks Plastic Surgery. Dr. Brooks is a South Florida cosmetic surgeon specializing in migraines, pediatric, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Brooks Plastic Surgery can help you look and feel your very best.