25 Ways To Be Heart Healthy

Daily decisions are what the set the pace for a heart healthy life. At Central Georgia Heart Center, our cardiologists put prevention first. By making heart smart choices, you can make small steps towards heart health for a lifetime of  benefits. Check out these 25 easy ways to be more heart healthy.

Heart Healthy Decisions You CAN Make

  1. Do Aerobic exercise 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. Quit smoking, start by reducing your cigarette consumptions each day.
  3. Add in fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  4. Go for a walk on your work breaks to give your body a break from sitting.
  5. Make your annual checkup with your Central Georgia Heart Center Cardiologist.
  6. Add in lean meats like fish, chicken, and turkey to your diet.
  7. Get enough rest. Adults need 6-8 hours minimum per night for their bodies to heal and regenerate.
  8. Eat healthy fats like olive oil and avocados rather than trans fats like fried food.
  9. Floss every day to prevent oral bacteria from entering your bloodstream.
  10. Avoid second-hand smoke, it’s just as bad (or worse) than smoking yourself.
  11. Drink less alcohol. Avoid binge drinking and nightly drinking.
  12. Take time to relax and destress to keep your blood pressure down.
  13. Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  14. Spend more time with your pet. Animals are shown to reduce blood pressure and relieve stress.
  15. Ditch the second cup of coffee. Too much caffeine can be devastating for your heart.
  16. Take the stairs and park farther away to help increase your active minutes.
  17. Find an accountability partner. Success is greater when we work together.
  18. Educate yourself on heart health by checking out resources on our website and American Heart Association.
  19. Lose the extra pounds. Type 2 diabetes has terrible effects on your cardiovascular system. Managing your weight lowers cholesterol and your chances of developing diabetes.
  20. Meal plan before you go to the store so you have a plan to avoid junk foods. (Don’t grocery shop hungry.)
  21. Reward yourself for making good decisions with self-care. Plan a weekend getaway or book a pedicure to make healthy life choices feel more rewarding.
  22. Take a nutrition course to help you make the best eating choices for your body.
  23. Stay up to date on your blood tests and never skip medication without a doctor’s orders.
  24.  When in doubt, contact a doctor. Don’t take any chances.
  25. Talk to a friend or family member. A sense of community and love can help you manage your health and make it a priority.
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