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Love Your Heart: 5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Heart

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As a city dweller, it is almost certain that everyone has at least one car or vehicle. With each vehicle, we all spend a good amount on car servicing, petrol and overall maintenance to ensure that the engine runs well. It is with no doubt and no questions asked that we do this on a routined and regular basis but do we do the same with our own heart? Do we pay as much attention to the health of our body and heart as much as we do to our car?

If yes, then you are good to go! If no, then read on!

Our heart is basically the engine of our body – without it, our body will naturally shut down – which in return gives us plenty of reasons to find ways to maintain it and keep it in mint condition. Here are 5 ways you can practice to maintain a healthy heart:

1. Cardio, cardio, cardio

You know how when your car is left idle for a while, it is advisable to start your engine for at least 10 minutes a day to keep the engine warm? It is no different for our heart. Cardio is a great way to keep your heart healthy because it increases your heart rate and allows it to exercise and expand; therefore, gifting you with better stamina and overall mobility.

2. Fish, fish, fish

Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna is an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acid which is great for protecting your heart against coronary heart diseases. Not only that, other parts of your body such as your skin and weight can greatly benefit from it as well.

3. Weight, weight, weight

With good diet and regular exercise, managing your weight comes naturally. But if you are just starting out with this whole lifestyle change, then do take note! Weight maintenance plays a big role in maintaining a healthy heart as fat build-up around the heart can cause blockage and increases your rate of heart disease. So, keep your diet balanced and keep that waist-line in check!

4. No puff, puff, puff

That huffing and puffing has got to go! In order to maintain a healthy heart, smoking should not be in the picture. It is said that smoking is one of the biggest contributor to heart disease and what’s worst is that it is the top controllable risk factors of it, too. Why give power to something to kill you when you have the power to prevent it?

5. Relax, relax, relax

Stress is one of those inevitable factors that contributes to various types of disease including the heart. How does an emotion affect the physical body you ask? Well, stress increases the heart rate as well as blood pressure which can cause gradual strain to your heart. So, after a long day at work, don’t forget to lay back and enjoy the sounds of nature and just unwind!

Medicine may have many breakthroughs in heart transplants and heart bypasses but before we bring ourselves into that position, let’s do our best at keeping what we have healthy and well. Your life is yours to decide, so choose the healthy life.

 

Image: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ by Shimelle Laine

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