OUR GUIDE TO A HEALTHY AND HAPPY HEART Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising or maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Most people think they don’t have to worry about their heart until they have a health scare – but the truth is, smart choices have to be consistent. “People who do not exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease than people who are active. Since your heart is a muscle, it’s vital to lead an active life in order to strengthen this muscle and keep it healthy,” Fitness Specialist, at Zone Fitness Clubs explains. Keeping your heart healthy is easier than you think. Try these tips and live a happy life with a happy heart. Eat heart-healthy foods Eating heart-healthy foods and having a well-balanced nutritional diet will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce body fat, provide your body with energy, promote good sleep and generally make you feel better. Try a diet that contains the following: Fruits and vegetables. A variety of grain products Fish Non-fat and low-fat dairy products Switch from butter to a cholesterol-lowering soft spread Make use of electronic cardiovascular equipment Cardio training is any exercise that elevates your heart rate. This has numerous health benefits like burning calories, helping you lose body fat and strengthening your heart and lungs. These types of equipment include: Treadmills Step machines Cross trainers Bicycles Rowing machines Meditate regularly Meditating on a regular basis can promote your heart health and reduce cardiovascular risk. Studies have shown that it can help to lower your blood pressure and it also improves the blood flow to the heart. “The best time to meditate is early in the morning before you get ready for work. You may want to consider setting your alarm a few minutes early to take advantage of quiet time when you wake up in the morning. This may help you develop a consistent habit and allow you to start the day positively,” Fitness Specialist added. Add a bit of laughter to start your day Laughing is the best medicine for you and your heart and you should do it more often. Laughing is also a great way to release any tension, it can naturally improve blood vessel health and increase blood flow. This protects your heart by lowering the risk of a heart attack or other cardiovascular problems. Get your annual health check-up If you want to find out if you are at risk of any cardiovascular disease, it’s best that you visit your doctor for a check-up. You may not always be aware that you are a candidate for heart disease and often there are no clear symptoms. It is really important that you go to your doctor to check the risks of heart disease so that you can ensure that your heart is healthy and happy. For more information about Zone Fitness Clubs go to http://zonefitness.co.za/, or contact them at @ZoneFitnessSA (Facebook), @zonefitness_SA (Twitter) and zonefitness_sa (Instagram). Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.