There is a lot of talk about hearts at the moment, the big red kind when everyone is declaring their love for one another. While all of that is good, we can often forget that we have our own hearts, beating everyday, that happen to be the strongest muscle in our bodies. It is literally the size of your fist, and it beats, on average, around 4800 times per hour. It’s a muscular organ that we just expect to do it’s job day in day out to keep us alive and pump blood around our body’s. But there are many things we can be doing to improve our heart health as we get older.
So as there is a common theme of hearts right now, here are my top tips to ensure you keep your own heart healthy and strong.
#1. Knowing Your Family Medical History
When it comes to taking care of ourselves and our health, especially with important factors like our heart and other organs, it is important to know the medical history of our closest families. Often, a lot of defects that can happen with the heart can be genetic. Although things like irregular heartbeat and afib haven’t got much history as to why they occur, more often than not, and through recent research, there can be a genetic link.
It may be hard living with afib or other health conditions, but knowing your background could help pinpoint them sooner or at least prepare you for issues in the future.
#2. Exercising Regularly
Taking on exercise that increases your cardiovascular stamina is a great way to improve your heart health. Your heart has to beat much faster when you are taking on exercise to ensure that your body is receiving enough oxygenated blood. So having a good level of fitness can reduce any strain that is placed on your heart.
#3. Take a Look at Your Weight
Just like exercising regularly can improve the stamina of your heart, when you are overweight your heart does need to work much harder to ensure that your body gets what it needs. Having the extra weight can add pressure to your main organs, which in turn can add strain to them working as efficiently as they should.
It’s important to eat a healthy balanced diet to ensure that you are giving your body all the nutrients and vitamins it needs to function daily. If you are unsure whether you are overweight a quick trip to the doctors will be able to identify your body mass index and where you are in regards to your weight and height.
#4. Reduce Any Stress in Your Life
When you are feeling stressed or anxious, then this can have a huge impact on your heart and how fast it beats. So try and ensure that you keep your stress levels reduced, or at least handle any stressful situations in a calm manner. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest and sleep, and take essential time out from your working day to unwind.
I hope these tips help you keep your heart healthy.