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In part one of our blog series on heart health, we discussed how important the heart is, how necessary heart health is as we age, and some bad habits to avoid. If you want to start taking better care of your heart, it’s a good idea to avoid these dangerous habits:
- Being Inactive
- Being Overweight
- Eating Poorly
- Drinking Too Much
On the flip-side of everything that you should avoid to take awesome care of your heart, let’s take a look at some valuable things that you can do to start treating the ol’ ticker better.
The Best Ways to Care for Your Heart
Watch Your Diet
Though it can be really tough to make smart diet decisions, it’s vital for the sake of our heart health that we eat foods that are great for our hearts. Some of the best “heart health” foods include:
- Green Tea
- Whole Grains
If you live an active lifestyle, you’ll give your heart a fighting chance. Staying active and getting exercise at least five days a week can have amazing and lasting benefits for your heart as you age.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Enjoying a healthy heart for decades isn’t always about weight, but carrying around extra weight, especially in your midsection, can really increase your chances of dealing with heart disease. Do your best to maintain a healthy weight for your height, stature, and body composition.
Tobacco and nicotine have been proven to do damage to our hearts — especially if that use happens over a long span of time. Do your heart a favor and break that bad habit sooner rather than later.
While it’s true that a small glass of red wine can be quite beneficial for your heart, drinking more than one in a day or consuming gratuitous amounts of beer can do some damage to our hearts. If you drink more than one alcoholic drink per day, it may be time to start thinking about making some changes for the sake of your heart.
Thanks for staying with us through our two-part blog series on heart health. Contact Rockport Senior Living if you’d like to see what our senior living community can do for your quality of life!