Heart disease has become the number one cause of death in the United States. Almost half the adults in America experience at least one of the key risks factors for heart disease. Heart disease is an umbrella term used to describe any number of conditions that might lead to restriction of blood flow due to narrowing of your veins and arteries. Many factors that contribute to heart disease can be mitigated by healthy lifestyle choices. Here are some research tested ways to improve heart health.
Move Your body: A combination of cardio and strength training is important for heart health. Twenty minutes of weights 3 times a week plus 150 minutes of moderate activity a week is ideal.
Limit sodium intake: The American Heart Association recommends no more the 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. Be sure to read labels to look for hidden salt in packaged food.
Have your cholesterol and triglycerides checked: Having high triglycerides andlow HDL (the good cholesterol) are known risk factors for heart disease.
Get Your Sleep: At lease 7 hours of sleep a night is recommended for your body to restore and heal itself each day.
Eat more fruit and veggies: The current recommendation is for 4 servings of veggies and 3 of fruit per day. Eating a rainbow of produce promises to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs.
Avoid prolonged sitting: Get out of your seat every thirty minutes to get blood flowing. Set a reminder if needed.