The Three Essential Steps To Improve Your Heart Health

February 14, 2022 6:53 pm Published by

All month long we are recognizing National Heart Month. What a perfect month to look at the ways that we are living and how we can do more to insure that our heart health is as good as it possibly can be. With love in the air and hearts all around, now is a great time to consider the best way to improve your heart health.

There are some very simple things you can do to improve your heart health that don’t take a lot of work and can have long lasting affects on your overall well-being. If you take just a few of these steps you will feel better and have a healthier outlook on your future.

Step #1: Get more sleep. This might be a hard one for some people, but in order to slow your body down, let it heal, and destress a little bit, sleep is essential. The average adult should be getting between 6-8 hours of sleep nightly. Anything below six hours is detrimental to your well-being. Sleeping gives your heart the rest it needs and your body the time it needs to heal from a long day. If you are not getting the right amount of sleep you may be putting yourself and your heart health at risk.

Step #2: Eat more leafy greens: Greens like broccoli, kale and swiss chards are all high in fiber and provide a tremendous amount of heart healthy nutrients that will keep your body feeling it’s best. While vegetables will get you on the right track to heart health, don’t go overboard right away. If you’re not a big veggie eater at the moment, just mix one of these great greens in to your daily routine and work to get more greens into your diet over the course of time. A good mix of vegetables and healthy proteins will be good for your heart long-term.

Step #3: Exercise more. For heart health this is probably the step that is prescribed the most, because it is so important. If you are a coach warrior, again start small. Go for a 10-15 minute walk each day to get your heart rate up. As you get more and more comfortable with the level of exercise you will want to increase the amount of time you are exercising and the intensity with which you are exercising as well. A long-term, consistent exercise routine will do wonders for your heart health.

While we choose February each year to highlight heart health, keeping your heart healthy is a year long endeavor and you should treat it as such. The recommendation with all of these steps is to take it slow and incrementally add new steps to your heart health routine. It won’t do you much good to make wholesale changes that you won’t stick to for very long. Work these new elements into your daily routine over the course of time and your heart will thank you later.