A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to improve yours.
Do 150 minutes of
every week. One way to achieve this target is by doing 30 minutes of
activity on five days a week. Fit it in where you can, such as by
cycling to work.
Give up smoking
Smoking is one of the main causes of. A year after giving up, your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
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Manage your weight
Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. Stick to a
well-balanced diet low in fat and high in fruit and vegetables, combined
with plenty of physical activity.
Ditch the salt
To maintain a healthy
stop using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking, or
cut it out completely. You'll soon get used to it. Also watch out for
high salt levels in processed foods. Check the food labels – a food is high in salt if it has more than 1.5g salt (or 0.6g sodium) per 100g.
Get your 5 A DAY
Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Add dried fruit to
breakfast cereal, and add vegetables to your pasta sauces and curries.
Eat oily fish
Eat oily fish twice a week. such
as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon are an excellent source of
omega-3 fats, which can help protect against heart disease.
Walk off stress
If you're feeling under pressure, clear your mind with a walk. It
will help put your ideas in order and reduce tension. If it's a brisk
walk, it will also count towards your daily activity.
Cut saturated fat
Small changes to your diet can have positive health benefits. Choose
semi-skimmed over full-fat milk, leaner cuts of meat, and steam or grill
foods rather than frying. Find out the.
Alcohol can be fattening. If you added three or four gin and tonics
to your usual daily diet, you could put on nearly 2kg over four weeks.
Read the food label
When shopping, look at the on food packets to see what the product contains. Understanding what is in food will help you make healthier choices.