Heart Day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. This is the perfect day to quit smoking, get exercising and start eating healthy – all in the name of keeping your ticker in good working order, and improving the health and well being of people the world over.
It’s World Heart Day, so keep your heart healthy with these 6 tips
Today is World Heart Day, and according to the World Health Federation, heart disease and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death, with 17.1 million deaths annually.
The World Heart Day 2015 theme, is ‘creating heart-healthy environments’. Join us in taking 6 tips which will keep your heart healthy and your family happy.
1. Set a routine
Set a time for bed and a time to wake up. Late night owls, by all means stay up late and work away, but do remember to set your waking time so that you get seven hours sleep.
Also remember that the time before you sleep and right after you wake up are crucial to your health, both physical and mental. Keep a little time to yourself to wind down at the end of the day letting your mind relax and focus on the good things coming up the next day. This will ensure that when you wake up, you feel calm, relaxed and ready for a beautiful day. Once you are awake and about, spend a little time meditating or simply getting your mind ready for the busy day ahead.
2. Dust off those shoes
Remember those walking shoes you got on New Year’s? Get those out and walk out the front door bright and early in the morning for a peaceful walk in the park. It is a great way to start your day not to mention the health benefits. When seen as time for yourself rather than huff-puff exercise, walking or jogging seems far less daunting. Give yourself an hour daily for any light to medium exercise of your choice in your new routine.
3. Time your meals
You cannot still be eating what you want when you want. Having meals at a pre-set time gives your body enough time to digest and utilise energy to keep you going strong throughout the day. Having improper meals at errant timings have side-effects which include weight-gain, light headedness, migraines and of course, heart disease.
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4. Watch what you eat
To understand your choices, and make the right ones, can prove hard. But making a conscious effort will ensure that you sail through after the initial difficulty. Your breakfast should be one that fills you with good carbs and proteins. Lunch is a chance for you to have a fresh low calorie salad with chicken or fish. Keep dinner small and light. Interim eating will also not hurt you once you choose to make or bake your own small fruit salads, smoothies or vegetable snacks with healthy dips. Check nutrition and ingredient tables of packed foods before you buy them.
5. A toast to your good health
Toast your good health with at least eight glasses of water daily. Other than water, green tea is a great beverage that is light and has proven to increase your metabolism in a healthy manner. You could try the flavoured green teas available in the market if you are averse to the original taste.
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6 Laugh, love and live long
Being happy and tension free is the most important step towards a healthy life. Do not stress about mundane things. Analyse each stressful situation and how it may affect your life in a calm manner. If it is something no one in the world can solve or if it means the end of the world as you know it, go on and stress about it, but don’t if not.
Make happiness a choice and not a situation.
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