Nine tips for a healthy heart
1. Turn your world into a workout.
Add workouts to your routine wherever you can: ride your bike to work, walk to the grocery store or use a standing desk at the office. Over time, these little movements add up and can improve your heart health.
2. Read food labels to mange your cholesterol.
Look for foods that are low in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats.
3. Choose flavorful ways to replace salt.
Enhance the flavor of your food with seasonings other than salt. Instead of salt, rely on flavorings such as lemon juice, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, fresh pepper, nutmeg, as well as fresh herbs including mint, parsley, basil and dill.
4. Check out a restaurant's menu online before dining.
Review the nutritional information of the offered dishes, and choose one that is heart healthy before heading out for dinner.
5. If you drink, choose red wine.
Red wine, in moderation, is good for your heart. It has an antioxidant called resveratrol that can reduce inflammation and blood clots.
6. Take a (walking) lunch break.
Spend some time walking during your lunch break to improve heart health. In addition, if you work at a desk, take breaks periodically for stretching, light exercises and/or walking.
7. Choose other tasty drinks over soda.
Rather than opting for sugary sodas, choose instead to drink plain water or naturally flavored beverages like unsweetened herbal tea.
8. Turn off the TV one hour before bed.
Give yourself plenty of time to decompress and relax before bed each night, which can help you get a heart-healthy seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
9. Reel in a heart-healthy meal twice a week.
To get your weekly dose of Omega-3s, get two servings of fish per week.