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Six Tips To Stay Heart Healthy

by Notorious Spinks on 02.17.2015

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The heart is the most important organ in the body. Without it we have nothing. It literally pumps life into our bodies, so it’s important that we take care of it. Proper care of the heart can add decades to our lifespan and I’m here for it. Unfortunately, many of our bad habits and lifestyle choices can compromise our heart health. As I prepare to greet the big 4-0, I’m working to get my heart healthy and I want to share six tips with you to ensure that we live a heart healthy life.

Get Regular Checkups. Regular checkups are essential to a healthy life. As an American, it bothers me that our country is so focused on sick care and not so much on preventive care. We tend to go to doctors once we’re sick instead of seeking preventive care that comes along with regular checkups. It’s important that you seek your doctor for a yearly physical and/or if you notice any irregular changes in your body. Any illness that’s caught earlier is more likely to be reversed or treated as opposed to the latter stages that can lead to worse results.

Stay Hydrated. Nothing grows without water. Just like the trees and flowers need water, we do, too. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart pump blood through our blood vessels with more ease on its way to the muscles. More so, our heart and brain are made up of 73% water.  Yes, you read that correctly and our bodies are made up of about 60% water. So, water has to be important. Besides, when you’re hydrated your heart doesn’t have to work as hard. So drink it up, drink it up.

Improve your diet. What we eat is important. I’ve even heard many argue that it’s more important to eat healthy than to exercise. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I know our hearts work better when our diets are full of mono- and polyunsaturated fats. These are usually found in nuts, seeds, and fish. Avoid trans fats as much as possible. Processed and junk foods are usually filled with them so avoid as much as you can.

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Stop Smoking. Smoking has been deemed as a major risk factor for heart disease. As a child, I grew up with an aunt that loved to smoke those Kools. She would puff, puff, puff. I also watched as she tried numerous times to quit. It wasn’t easy and she’s still puff puffing. I’ve never been a smoker, but there are cessation programs out there to help with this. See your doctor and see what help you can get. I promise your heart will thank you for it.

Move that Body. I’m here to tell you that I hate exercise. I try to hype myself up and speak positive about it, but I just hate it. I really just hate how I sweat. I can’t even wear my hair straight because I sweat in my head and it turns into a bushy mess. But, I see it like this, dead folks don’t have to worry about their hair. So, I just keep it natural and keep it moving. It’s recommended that we get at least 30-minutes of exercise in a day. If you’re pressed for time or don’t like long workouts, try taking walks in 10-minute increments, workout in 10-minute increments and 10-minutes of strength training (weight lifting, push-ups, or lunges). Strength training really helps to get the heart rate moving, so grab some can goods and get to lifting.

De-Stress. I often hear people saying that we should avoid stress. Honestly, there’s no way to really avoid stress. It’s everywhere, so I rather take the time to de-stress. I tend to do this by reading, meditating, yoga and listening to music. These things calm and balance me. So grab your girls and hit the spa for a few hours, you deserve it.

These are just a few of the activities that I try to practice regularly. I’m not perfect, but I try. I’m trying to live a long and active life, so join me on this journey. You’ll thank me for it sooner or later.

What are some ways that you work to keep your heart healthy?

Disclosure: I’m not a health professional. See your doctor before taking on any new routines or activities. 

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  • These are wonderful tips, your heart will definitely thank you in the long run if you look after it now.

  • Great tips! Everyone needs to read this. It’s really easy to forget to take care of yourself, so reminders like this come in really handy. 🙂

  • Great tips and a good remainder of how to take care of oneself.

  • A regular checkup is always a must – its always nice to know we are safe and healthy all the time. 🙂

  • Beth

    These are great tips for any age really! Lately I’ve just been trying to destress by going to yoga each week and getting massages.

  • I really need to work on destressing, moving around and hydrating. I love the tips and it was a great read. It’s really important to be proactive and it is so common with women.

  • Carra D

    These a great tips. I follow these for overall health benefits. Was never a smoker but need to work on stressing less.

  • These are all great tips and I have already made strides toward better heart health! Thank you for sharing!

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    My father just died a month ago from heart disease. I am trying to learn from his mistakes by changing my eating habits and exercise.

  • Michele

    I definitely work at keeping fully hydrated and do try to watch what I eat. My doctor makes sure I get a yearly physical whether I want to or not–I guess at 64 it is not such a bad idea!

  • Heart disease is so common that it’s important to take precautions. I’m working on drinking more glasses of water throughout the day.

  • ashleigh walls

    What wonderful tips! I know heart problems run in my family so these tips are great for me to use. I definitely need to destress more.

  • Tanya T. Lara

    At the start of 2015, I had all these on my list of things to do! Yet two months have already passed! Thanks for reminding me.

  • Lisa @bitesforbabies

    These are great tips! It’s so important to be active to maintain a healthy heart!

  • holliepollard

    Great tips I am actively working on 2 of them, staying hydrated and moving more.

  • All of these things are hard to do, well minus smoking, I’ve never smoke, so that’s a plus. But stress, yea.. I got crazy stress with what I got going on in life right now, I need to work on the rest of these things though.

  • Staying heart healthy is SO IMPORTANT! Thank you so much for posting about this! I am always trying to get this message out there too because I deal with a lot of heart transplants at my work and a lot of the time those transplants could’ve been prevented by staying healthy!

  • Wonderful tips and now that I’m starting to heal with my back I think I may use these. Thanks for sharing.

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  • These are all really great tips! I’ve been working on trying to up my water intake and it really does make a difference! Now I just need to focus on getting my diet to a healthier place. I really appreciate you taking the time to put together such a great list!

  • Jennifer Juro

    These are all great ways to live heart healthy!! I have the biggest issue with cleaning up my diet its so hard to do! I love being active, I am very thankful that hasn’t been much of a struggle for me. These are great tips!

  • These are great tips to keep your heart healthy. I need to work on my nutrition, but I try to move as much as possible. And I’m trying to teach my son to have a healthy lifestyle by staying active.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Yes!!!! These are all super important tips for keeping your heart healthy!!! I am happy to report that I must have a pretty healthy heart according to this list 😉 everyone can use alittle less stress in life but I feel I’ve been able to manage by hat pretty well by positive thinking and changing my perspective of things 😉

  • I couldn’t agree more with what you said about “de stressing.” I always kind of laugh inside when a physician says to avoid stress- how exactly does one avoid daily life? Like you, I’ve begun implementing strategies to prevent situations I know stress me out majorly, and then utilize techniques to de-stress nightly because it’s just inevitable in the daily grind. As far as overall heart health goes, I make sure I am eating as healthy as possible and supplement daily with OmegaGuard and other supplements to keep that ticker as strong as possible 😉 Thanks for all these tips, they’re really on point!

  • brook devis

    thank u for the amazing tips.This is definatly one of those posts i’d love to share.Nowadays we care about our estern look but often forget about our health.I dont smook and i always suggest everybody to quit smooking.this is for sure one of the best suggestion we can give to anybody

  • Alli Smith

    I’m working on the de-stressing part! Three years ago, seemingly out of the blue, I began having what I thought was indigestion. After 2 weeks (yes, I’m stubborn) I went to the ER and my main artery was 99% blocked and I had to have a stint. I was only 52 and the doctors couldn’t believe it because I was in such good health. I’ve been vegan ever since. 🙂 These are all great tips!!

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    I think stress plays a critical role in weakening the body. It’s really important to have enough rest and stay hydrated throughout the day. Regular exercise will train the heart and make it stronger. I personally make it a point to have 20-30 minutes of workout every day. 🙂

  • Mandi Buckner

    I love these tips! Heart disease kills more women every year than anything else. I lost my pastor two years ago to heart complications. It’s so important that we take our health and our hearts seriously.

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