Top tips for a healthy heart
Our lives are busy so sometimes we forget the importance of focusing on our mental and physical health.
- Stop smoking – Smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as non-smokers. And from the moment you stop smoking, your risk of heart attack starts to reduce.
- Exercise – You want to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. If you don’t exercise regularly, start slowly and work up to a slightly higher intensity. Every little bit of exercise is always better than none at all. If you have not exercised for a long time or have other health issues you may wish to consult with your doctors before you start exercising too vigorously.
- Lose weight – Body fat can also greatly affect your health, increasing the risk of heart disease. Start by making small, healthy changes to your diet and activity level.
- Eat a balanced diet – Healthy eating means a healthier body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fibre, oily fish and wholegrains. It’s also best to minimise your sugar intake, salt and saturated fats and processed meats (like sausages and bacon).
Some simple ways you can improve your diet and lifestyle.
- Look for the National Heart foundatio n ‘tick’ of approval on foods.
- Reduce your portion size and avoid over-eating.
- Limit caffeine.
- Alcohol intake – recommended two drinks per day (for men) and 1 drink per day (for women).
- Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked by your GP.
Taking better care
At GenesisCare we believe everyone deserves better care. But better care starts with taking better care of yourself. The best way to know if something isn’t right, is to listen your body. If you’re not feeling your normal self, contact your GP. And at the first signs of any serious problems like tightness and pain in the chest, or sudden changes in your heartbeat – seek medical help.