Heart health is important to living a long and healthy life. Your family may have a history of heart disease but that doesn’t have to be your fate. You can do many things to take charge of your heart health. Cardiovascular fitness isn’t something you might notice immediately, but you will once it is gone. This is important for both young and old. Staying in shape and ensuring you have a healthy cardiovascular system can help not only lead an active life, but helps you in everyday situations too. Situations like cleaning, doing laundry or even going shopping.
Getting in good cardiovascular shape can start as simply as taking a regular walk. Begin with a 15 minute walk and increase the time as your endurance improves. You can also take up other activities like cycling, swimming or aerobics. Many people workout at home with exercise DVDs. This is a great option if you’re a bit shy about attending a gym at first, or don’t have the time or ability to leave the house. You should also eat less unhealthy foods and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Most importantly, you should talk to your doctor.
Your doctor has the training and expertise to assess your current level of heart health and get you started on the path back to fitness. Your doctor may prescribe some medications to treat any existing conditions. They’ll be able to tell you how to exercise properly to avoid over stressing your body or your heart. If you currently smoke, quitting is a great way to get started. Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer and heart disease. Now is a great time to start taking your heart health more seriously. This is not because it’s a new year, but because too many people neglect it. Don’t put it off, start now and stick with it. In a few weeks you might wonder why it took you so long to get started.