Written by Debby Mar 10 2014
You are never too young, or too old, to take care of your heart. Lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking….these lifestyle choices can all take their toll on your heart over the years. Making good choices now will give you benefits for the rest of your life.
The food you eat can decrease your risk of heart disease. It will also help to reduce weight and the possibility of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes. Try to make your diet as varied as possible and include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as foods like whole grains, seeds and nuts.
The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around the body and like all muscles, it needs exercise and activity. Exercise improves the circulation and helps the heart to work more efficiently. This in turn helps to protect against heart disease.
Walking is a very effective exercise for a healthy heart. If possible try to walk a little every day. It should be fast enough to make you a little breathless but not so fast you can’t hold a conversation. Build up slowly or ask your GP’s advice if you have not exercised for a while. Most importantly, do something you enjoy and if you smoke…stop. No ifs or butts!
For more information on how to make good choices to benefit your heart, call the Luxton Clinic in Chinnor today on 01844 352200