My gift to you this Valentine’s Day… 4 SIMPLE STEPS to a HEALTHY HEART

This week hosts everyone’s favourite day devoted to celebrating love, VALENTINE’S DAY!

And, on the ‘day of love’, Australians are being encouraged to show their support for research into HEART DISEASE by wearing RED.

 

The stats on HEART DISEASE are alarming! 23 Aussies die of heart disease every single day and 4 times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer!

 

So how healthy is your heart?

 

There are many risk factors for heart disease, some you can’t control and some you can.

You obviously can’t control your age, gender, ethnic background or family history, but you can control the following things… so read on and check if there’s any you can work on, then what you can do to turn your heart health around!
The risks you CAN CONTROL are

  • Smoking
  • Being inactive
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Unhealthy diet

Important to note, is that if you are inactive, you are almost twice as likely to suffer coronary heart disease, compared to those who get enough exercise.

 

The good news is 8 out of 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours– Yay!!

 

So here’s 4 SIMPLE STEPS to a HEALTHY HEART

Cardiologist Dr Edward Barin has developed the ‘4-M’ approach to a healthy heart

 

1) MOVE

 

At workstation Workout we’re obviously so keen get you moving because of all the benefits to your health, and yep, your heart will also thank you!

 

Exercise stimulates the body’s immune system, reduces blood thickening so it clots less easily, improves brain function and lowers blood pressure. Exercise can even lower risk factors for some forms of cancer.

 

SO, be consistent in aiming to

  • move a couple of minutes every half hour
  • do some muscle strengthening exercise 2-3 times a week
  • accumulate 2.5-5 hours of moderate intensity exercise every week

… to boost your heart health!

 

2) MEALS

 

Eat intelligently. Research consistently shows that the right balance between food intake and exercise is vital for optimum weight, fitness and health.

 

3) MEASUREMENT

 

Keep track of your health measurements. This includes cholesterol levels, blood pressure, weight, sugar levels, waist circumference and exercise capacity. Your Doctor will help you keep accurate records of these.

 

4) MENTAL APPROACH

 

Be Optimistic. Many studies show your state of mind can protect, as well as damage heart health. Important risk factors that may lead to heart disease include stress, anger and depression.

 

So, take time out this week to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, and give your heart a checkup!

 

If you identify with any of the risk factors be sure to begin taking steps towards a healthier heart!

One simple step is to follow the 4 exercises I highly recommend as often as you can (Half hourly is best) to break up sitting during the day. Get the FREE VIDEO below

 

Facts and Heart Health Advice from Heart Research Australia