Maintaining or restoring health to your heart involves paying attention to your body, mind and spirit. Regular check-ups, proper nutrition, frequent exercise, and engaging in activities that bring you joy are critical.
If you’re not convinced about the need to develop an exercise program for your life, you can use some of the following tips in your everyday routine. Take advantage of any opportunity for exercise.
• Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator at school or the mall. Just start with one flight. Soon, you’ll be ready for two.
• Park your car at the far end of the parking lot. The short walk to and from the store or school helps your heart.
• If you ride a bus or subway, get off a stop before your destination. Walk the rest of the way.
• If you can, spend a few minutes of your lunch break taking a stroll around the campus grounds. It should help you stay awake after lunch.
• Think of housework as an extra chance to exercise. Vacuuming briskly can be a real workout.
• Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves are chores that can be done as a chance to exercise.
• If you have a dog, think of the dog as an exercise machine with fur. A brisk walk with the dog is good for both of your hearts. Make it a part of your daily routine.
• If you have a family, schedule an after-dinner walk. Make it quality time.
• If you smoke, STOP!
• Eat a low-fat diet with generous amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables
• Reduce weight if necessary
• If you consume alcohol, moderate consumption (1-2 glasses daily) is advised
• Know your stress level and learn to say, “NO”
• Learn to meditate
• Stretch your body each morning and evening
• Check out a Yoga class