For starters, you should consider reducing your fat intake if you want to keep a healthy heart. We all need some fat, but not too much. The trick is to eat a well balanced diet and eating a diet, which is low in fat. Eat less full-fat dairy products and avoid too much sugar from cookies, cakes, etc. Instead of eating a lot of butter, try cooking with olive oil instead. Eating the occasional burger is okay, but don’t make a general habit out of it. If you can, eat fish at least three or four times a week. Salmon and sardines are excellent choices. You can also get natural good fat from eating seeds, nuts and fruits like avocados.
Eat as little salt as possible. Whenever possible, use sodium-free salt, if possible. Too much salt has been linked to high blood pressure. You should only be eating 6 grams of salt a day. Avoid adding salt to cooking as much as possible. Definitely avoid salting your food when you sit down to eat.
Exercise is very important. Even if you can’t fit regular exercise in each day, there are many different other things that you can do. You can garden, get some house cleaning done or take a walk around the mall. Mall walking is very popular and often malls will open early in the morning for the purpose of allowing individuals to stroll through the mall uninterrupted. Staying physically fit will keep your heart healthy, improving your heart function and lowering your cholesterol. You only need about 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day!
Maintaining a healthy weight is very important. Eating too many calories or fatty foods can be detrimental to your health. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to develop other health issues in addition to heart-related problems. The heavier you are, the more of a strain the weight is on your heart and your overall body. If you are heavier, you are working harder just to walk or to do anything, even normal daily activity. Eventually, you gain more weight and lose muscle tone, which means you’re not as strong as you should be to carry around that kind of additional weight.
Quitting smoking is the next step to a healthier heart! This should be your number one priority. Quitting smoking or being a non-smoker dramatically cuts your risk for heart-related issues, respiratory issues, cancer and more.
Learn stress management and learn how to relax. Relaxation is the key to keeping your heart healthy. Stress puts a lot of force on your heart and your overall body. Even if you’ve already had a heart attack, reducing stress levels and learning to control your stress with good stress management skills will make you less likely to experience a second heart attack later on in life.