Heart Disease – Three Ways to Help Your Heart
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Heart disease runs in our family. I lost my mother last year from the disease and have been told by my doctor that I have some heart issues to watch. You can bet that the heart is something that I'm interested in. Seeing your doctor is the first and most important thing to do to protect your heart. But we have heard from our doctors or other sources that are certain things we can do to help our hearts be healthy. Below are some of these with my approach in putting them into practice.
First up is exercise. When I was young exercise came easy. I was always playing basketball, riding my bike and doing something where I was on the move. For most of us as we get older, that is not our day to day routine. In fact, we are sitting down for most of the day! So we have to make more of an effort to get active. My wife and I like to walk. We have a walking trail in our neighborhood along the river so it makes for an enjoyable thing for us to do. We are able to get our heart rates up some with brisk walking. We do not like to run because we are concerned about doing damage to our knees over time.
If the weather is bad, there are shows on the exercise channel that we sometimes follow along with the exercise routines.
Second, we try to eat more of the foods are said to be good for the heart. We always have walnuts and almonds on hand. They make a great snack and are healthy. Just do not eat too many of them. They tend to be high in calories. More than ever we eat various fruits, legumes and vegetables. These are high in antioxidants which are all the rage, but truly it is like that book years ago that recommended that all we need to know we learned in kindergarten. Eating fruits and vegetables has always been good for us. Finally, we eat whole grains like brown rice and whole grain breads.
Third, we keep close to people. We keep our family close as possible and stay in touch as much as possible. We say I love you. We maintain old friendship and create new ones. We are involved in the lives of others through our work and church involvements. There may be nothing better to do the heart good than love and serve others.
One, fortunately we like fish and try to eat some a couple of times a week. Certain fish like salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids. You've no doubt heard a lot about these and how they can reduce the risk of sudden death from a heart attack. Some people take omega-3 supplements but we do not. We try to eat other foods too besides fish that are either fortified with omega-3 or the body can turn into it – an example is walnuts.
Two, we try to arrange our lives to reduce stress. Not all stress is bad and some is necessary in life. But in our hectic world, stress is epidemic. People try to limit stress in their lives in different ways. One thing we do is that we have learned to say no. There are so many good things to get involved in and it is hard to say no. But if you say yes to everything, you could do yourself in. And then you are no good to anyone. It is better to carefully choose what you will commit yourself to.
Using traditional time management ideas, we have found that when you get more organized and get things done more efficiently, you often add more things onto your to-do list. Before long you are back where you started and overwhelmed. We found it better to limit what we say we are going to do. The result is less stress.
Three, we try laugh as much as we can. This is actually another good way of reducing stress. How do we do this? For one, we do not watch as much news as we used to. The news is depressing for the most part. It is the exact opposite of laughter. Instead, when we watch television we watch a favorite sit com or some other funny program.
By Jack Sever