When many people set out to improve their heart health, they focus primarily on diet and exercise. However, there are other lifestyle factors that also affect heart health and must be addressed.
A holistic view of heart health also includes the emotional qualities of the heart—love, friendship, and connection. Stress, social isolation, and depression can all contribute to heart disease. Read on to learn how you can eat smart, move more and live well to stay strong in your heart, body and soul.
A Happy Heart Starts Here
Maintaining a healthy heart is an important part of supporting your overall well-being. Beating 2.5 BILLION times over the course of an average life, your heart is quite literally the “power station” of your entire body and should be treated with care. Read these 6 tips to learn how little changes to your diet, exercise habits and lifestyle choices can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. (For more information, download our Heart Health booklet.)
Eat Heart Smart
- Fill your plate with healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
- Avoid foods with saturated fats and added sugars.
Ready to start your healthy diet? Review our favorite nutritious foods on page 7 in our Heart & Art booklet.
- People who get regular intervals of exercise are far less likely to be at risk for a major cardiac event.
- Try incorporating 30 minutes of movement into your daily routine!
Complete our movement quiz to find out how active you are on page 7 in the Balance Magazine.
All in Moderation
- Drinking too much alcohol and caffeine can cause damage to heart muscle, increase blood pressure and cause abnormal heart rhythms.
- Moderation is the key, so balance any intake with H2O!
- Quitting smoking can significantly reduce your chance of having a major cardiac event or stroke.
- Seek out help to quit, and tell those cigarettes to “butt out!”
Rest as a Remedy
- A good night’s sleep is nearly as important for your heart as a healthy diet and exercise.
- Get at least 6-8 hours of restful sleep every night.
Stop the Stress
- High levels of stress have been associated with inflammation and high blood pressure.
- Practicing techniques like yoga or meditation can help you keep your emotional and heart health on track!
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Hailing from the independent living patio homes at Eskaton Village Roseville, Virgil and Lynn Nelson have lived a life of service, generosity and justice, and they’ve brought that sense of goodwill with them to the benefit of their community and fellow residents. Read their incredible story here.
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