Probably you don’t think so much about the organ that makes your living possible: your heart. We are too busy to think for our problems all day long. But your heart pumps for you all the time, and it’s your hardest working muscle. There are six must-do steps that can help it going for a lot of years.
Don’t accept it as training for super human. No, up for 30 or 20 minutes you can do anything physical that keeps your heart rate – 5 days a week. If you don’t have any ideas, we can give you some: running, biking, rowing. In other words, most things that end with –ing and that you can keep up fpr a few minutes.
- Stay active through the day.
When you are at work, built in breaks from being still. Get up and get your limbs moving and your blood pumping. Take a conference call and answer emails while standing at your desk. If you check social media on your phone when you are on a break, get up and pace around the room at the same time. You get the idea: Keep moving.
- Go old-school with food.
The tried-and-true classics are still your best choices:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains, like brown rice and other unrefined carbs
- Nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as chickpeas and lima beans
Don’t offset the benefits of these foods by frying them or smothering them in butter or cheese. That will raise your “bad” cholesterol that clogs your arteries. What about meat? You can still have some, but limit how much and avoid fatty cuts.
- Stop smoking.
Everyone knows that smoking tobacco is not good for your heart and makes you more likely to get heart disease.
- Learn the fine art of chilling out.
The problem about stress is not the circumstances that cause stress as much as how we respond. When we’re under pressure, our body ramps up adrenaline, which can overwork our hearts.
- Shut down.
Sleep is when our body reboots and recovers. That’s important for all aspects of our health, not just the heart. When you’re asleep, your heart rate and blood pressure go down. That gives your heart a much-need break. So make it a priority to be well-rested. You’ll be ready to face whatever the day may bring.