Life's Simple 7

by Gabrielle Taylor February 02, 2017

Life's Simple 7

Like so many of us, perhaps your resolutions for a new year of new behaviour has fallen by the wayside. But, since you pledged to get healthier this year, it is surely something you want. It’s just often hard to stick to it when you think of it as a huge lifestyle change. That’s why we are here to help you with seven small goals to help you achieve increased heart health in 2017:

  1. Get Active

Start with small steps toward being more healthy, such as going for a short walk on your lunch break or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

It only takes 30 minutes of brisk exercise daily to help lower blood pressure and maintain body weight and blood sugar levels. That means a 10 minute walk at lunch leaves you with only 20 minutes before or after work each day to meet the recommended number of minutes. Easy! Good thing exercise is the single most important thing you can do to improve your overall health.

  1. Monitor Cholesterol

Limit your intake of saturated fats often found in red meats, full-fat dairy and processed foods. Exercising regularly will also help with this one, and we have already been over that one! You’ve got this.

  1. Check in with your blood pressure

This one just requires a regular check-up due to it’s perpencency to show few outward symptoms. Reducing sodium, losing weight and again, exercising can help with this one as well.

  1. Eat Better

This one is a given, right? Sources suggest that you fill half your plate with healthy fruits and vegetables, and then fill the rest of the space with lean protein and whole grains. Remember to limit your intake of salt and sugar, as well as added fats.

  1. Reduce Blood Sugar

Obviously health problems that go hand-in-hand with high blood sugar, such as diabetes, increases your risk of heart disease or stroke. Therefore, if you suffer diabetes or a similar health issue, you should be sure to eat right, control your weight, exercise regularly and take medication as prescribed by your doctor.

  1. Lose Weight

Again, another given, but this one really should be a welcomed side effect of implementing the above recommendations. See how easy this becomes?

And finally,

  1. STOP Smoking

Going smoke-free can help prevent not only heart disease and stroke, but also cancer and chronic lung disease.

It may not be at the top of most to-do lists, but caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease. The real preventative power lies with real changes to your lifestyle, like eating healthily and exercising often. And since it’s as simple as following these 7 steps, you’d be crazy not to….right? What are you waiting for?

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