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Health 101: How To Keep Your Heart Muscle Healthy

By Edited Jul 20, 2015 1 1

Your lifestyle and the choices you make dictates how healthy your body is and how optimal your heart health is. By making healthy choices you can decrease your chances of having health problems with your heart and you can maintain good health. Read on to learn how to learn how to keep your heart healthy.

First, you need to cut smoking out of your life if you smoke. Smoking cigarettes is one of the leading causes of death and it can lead to serious health problems with your heart down the road. You run the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or heart disease not to mention a lot of other deadly diseases and condition if you smoke. Even smoking a one or two cigarettes a day can do a lot of damage to not only your heart, but your whole body so make it a point to quit your smoking addiction. Seek help if you have to.

Be sure you manage the stress in your life. When you have a family, a career, and other important tasks in your life, it's important to implement stress management skills to lower your stress levels and help you remain happy and optimistic. Stress can lead to heart problems if you let your stress levels get out of control.

Make it a point to lose the excess body fat around your midsection and to lower your body fat percentage. Excess body fat, especially around the midsection, can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or heart disease later on in life. So lose the excess body fat. There are many factors that go into your body fat percentage and how much fat collects around your midsection, or legs for a majority of women.

Be sure to get plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Make it a point to get 60 minutes of intense of cardiovascular exercise and/or weight training. This will greatly decrease your chances of getting heart disease and it will strengthen your heart muscle as well as improve your overall health.

Make getting enough restful and quality sleep a priority in your life. It will cut down on the likelihood of you having a heart attack or getting heart disease in your later stages of life. Get into the habit of getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Make sure you are going to bed on time, and that you have a nice bed mattress and pillows that supports your body as well.

Get your diet in check. A healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and plenty of water will do wonders for your heart and help you live longer. Aim to eat healthy as much as possible and avoid processed, refined, fried, and fatty foods. Your heart will thank you later.

These tips will definitely help your heart at any age in life and help you keep your heart strong and healthy. Good Luck!



Dec 23, 2011 8:39am
Great article. Cardiovascular health is so important and I can't agree more the recommendation to get an hour a day of strenous exercise. That's why the Play 60 movement sponsored by the NFL is so important.
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