Who’s at risk from an unhealthy heart?
Many people assume that the only people at risk of heart disease are elderly, overweight men. While it’s true that your risk increases as you age, getting older is by no means the only risk factor for heart disease.
Every single person – regardless of their age, race or gender – should understand that heart disease is complex, and is related to many risk factors including genetics, lifestyle – even their emotions.
The sooner you become aware of your heart’s health and function the better.
The good news is that it’s never too late.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, how you live your life or even the size of your waistline…the important thing, is that you can always reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your current heart health.
Tips to get your heart attitude in shape
Firstly, adopt an ‘only if’ approach to your health rather than an ‘if only’ approach. Faced with a decision like whether or not to have that second piece of gateau, an ‘only if’ response might be ‘only if I’ve done all my scheduled exercise for the week’. An ‘if only’ response, however, would be to eat it without much thought, but then spend hours regreting it.
If you take time to look at the benefits that come from an ‘only if’ attitude to protecting your heart, you’ll prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to make the right decision and take the right action when you have to make a call.
The following tips aren’t new, but by starting each one with ‘only if’ you’ll see what a difference these two words can make to your heart attitude:
Only if I schedule an annual checkup with my GP will I get a better understanding of my health
There are many reasons why people don’t like visiting their doctor. Ignorance may be bliss but an attitude of ignorance can be dangerous for your health. Some people might say, “So what if I don’t have an annual checkup, what’s the worst that can happen?” Having a check up will give you the facts you need to maintain the health of your heart as well as the overall wellness of your body.
Set a date for your checkup every year. If you want to make sure you don’t forget, schedule it on your birthday. That’s right, treat yourself to a checkup…it could be the best gift you’ve ever given and the best one you’ll ever receive.
Only if I start an exercise regimen will I improve the function and health of my cardiovascular system
Make time for heart health by making time for exercise. Doing some form of regular physical activity will ultimately strengthen your heart.
What if your heart could pump more blood through your body without difficulty or strain as a result of a simple exercise regimen? Sounds good, right? What if all you needed was 30 minutes of exercise a day to lower your risk of heart disease?
If you have an hour to spare, why not spend it by doing some kind of physical activity. It can be as simple as walking around your office building and the park across the road. Other activities that are good for your heart include gardening, cycling, jogging and swimming – in fact any aerobic exercise.
Only if I make sure that my diet is balanced and healthy will I be able to improve my health from the inside out
What if an active lifestyle would help improve the health of your heart even more when complemented with a healthy diet? What you put inside your body matters, so think twice before you go down the easy, convenient, junk-food-buying route. Every time you choose a healthier alternative to fast food, you are taking care of your heart.
Try eating more fruits and vegetables, which naturally contain substances that help reduce the risk of inflammation and cardiovascular disease. A Total Balance supplement that’s right for you can also help to top up the vitamins and antioxidants that are found in fresh produce.
Have a go at limiting your intake of refined foods and unhealthy fats. Opt for protein sources that are low in fat, such as lean chicken or turkey, and prepare it by baking or roasting. When choosing fish, go for species that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as hoki, sardines, mackerel and salmon.
Another source of protein that’s well worth considering is various forms of legumes. Beans, lentils and peas have no cholesterol and less fat than animal protein, making them a great choice.
Only if I stay at a healthy weight will I be able to maintain my heart health, as well as my physical and emotional wellbeing
Exercise and a healthy diet are the foundations on which to start a safe, natural, weight loss program. Losing weight for heart health is one thing, but maintaining it is another matter. To help keep the additional pounds off, learn to control your willpower as well as your portions. Besides your heart health, your energy levels, overall wellbeing and self-esteem will improve as well.
Only if I stop smoking will I see and feel the improvements to my health
When you smoke, you increase your risk of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, aortic aneurysm and heart attack. It’s never too late to quit, and it may take more than one attempt, but don’t give up! Your entire body starts the healing process the moment you stop, and even if you already have heart disease, you’ll be able to manage your condition better and enjoy improvements as a result of having stopped smoking.
What if you stopped smoking or even cut down the number you smoke? The benefits speak for themselves and should encourage you stop before you find yourself saying “if only I’d stopped smoking”.
Only if I could manage my stress, I could relax more and reduce my risk of heart disease
Stress affects the body in many ways and the amount of stress you have may be detrimental to your heart. One of the secrets of supporting the health and function of your heart is learning how to deal with stress. Relaxation techniques, reading, exercise and yoga are known to help reduce stress levels.
By approaching World Heart Day with an ‘only if’ frame of mind, not only will your awareness of heart health improve, but you’ll also be able to help and support others around you. This will improve your emotional well-being even more, which can play a crucial role in heart health and function.
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