Keeping Your Heart in Good Shape

Updated: Feb 25

Author: Micah Gae Salian February 22, 2022


How to Keep a Healthy Heart?



Have you started your day by asking yourself how you've been feeling? Maybe you've ever wondered why you're having trouble breathing. You may feel ill as if you have a heart condition at times. It's a common thing for people to show symptoms of stress, and we often overlook the fact that it has an impact on our hearts and on our general health.


The heart is the generator of our body. It is necessary to maintain a healthy heart. The way we think, act, and feel has an influence on our heart's health. We should think right, do right, and feel right for a healthier heart. So, always check on yourself. Don't believe it's overly dramatic to ask oneself, "Am I feeling okay?" It's taking care of oneself so that one can live a happy and serene life amidst problems and difficulties.


Stress is one of the most common causes of heart disease. Even more, than we may think, stress has a negative impact on our physical, emotional, and mental health. There are common symptoms of stress and that includes;

1. Physical symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, headache, and muscle soreness.

2. Emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression, impatience, and inability to concentrate.

3. Mental symptoms such as feeling driven to eat excessively or insufficiently, drug or alcohol abuse, and a lack of motivation to engage in outdoor activities.


Are these signs and symptoms all too familiar? Right now, take a look at yourself. Learn more about yourself and check if you have any of the following physical, emotional, or mental symptoms of stress. Let us look after ourselves and keep our hearts in good shape.


In the United States, heart disease is the top cause of death for both men and women. Reduce your risk of heart disease by taking action immediately. Breathe easier and keep your heart healthier by following these 3 tips:


Tip #1 - Know Your Stressors


For a healthier heart, it's important to prevent stress. The first step in reducing stress is to figure out what is causing it. You might begin by keeping track of your stressors in a journal. You will be able to identify the problems and devise a better strategy for helping yourself calm and at ease.


Tip #2 - Do Exercise


It is a practical way to keep a healthy heart by doing exercises. According to John Hopkins Medicine, exercise has many positive effects on heart health. A regular exercise routine can help keep blood pressure in check, minimize the risk of diabetes, maintain healthy body weight, and reduce inflammation throughout the body.


Tip #3 - Stop Unhealthy Practices


People frequently engage in behaviors that are harmful to their bodies. Make sure you're not one of them. It's not always a bad thing to be strict with yourself sometimes. It implies that you look after yourself, which is exactly what we should do. You are more likely to get heart disease if you smoke, binge eat, work too much, or do too little. Smoking should be avoided as much as possible, as should eating good foods, getting adequate sleep, and keeping active.



With a heart-healthy lifestyle, you'll feel better and be able to stay active. You can do a lot to maintain your heart in good shape.

 

References:


3 Ways to Reduce Stress for a Healthier Heart. (2018, February 22). 100 Plus. https://www.100plus.com/blog/3-ways-to-reduce-stress-for-a-healthier-heart


Keep Your Healthy Heart. (2021, July 8). My Healthyfinder. https://health.gov/myhealthfinder/topics/health-conditions/heart-health/keep-your-heart-healthy


Exercise and the Heart. John Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/exercise-and-the-heart#:~:text=Improves%20the%20muscles'%20ability%20to,rate%20and%20lower%20blood%20pressure


5 Things to Do Every Day to Keep Your Heart Healthy. (2019, February 5). Health Essentials. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/5-things-to-do-every-day-to-keep-your-heart-healthy/


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