Heart Health

Taking care of your heart is not as difficult as you may think. Simple changes to your daily routine can significantly improve your health. Even if you have a disability that prevents you from doing some types of exercises, there are things that you can do that can help your heart stay healthy. 


Heart Healthy Diet 


It is common knowledge that diet plays an essential part in your overall health. For optimal heart health, you can make a few simple changes to your diet and get maximum benefits. 


When you look at your dinner plate, make sure that at least half the plate is a vegetable. This is the easiest way to increase heart health. Increasing vegetable intake gives you more nutrients, reduces cholesterol, and takes away room on your plate for less healthy foods. 


Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Oats have a very good impact on your health. Oats reduce cholesterol naturally and also help make you feel full for a longer period of time. Oatmeal is also versatile, making it a great way to change your breakfast each day without losing the benefits of eating oatmeal. 


Heart Healthy Exercise 


Everyone knows that they should exercise, but not many people like to do it regularly. If you have a disability, or arthritis keeps your activity level low, exercise may seem impossible. However, the most important point of the exercise is to get the blood flowing through your body and to keep your heart pumping strong. 


If you cannot go out and walk or attend a gym, consider some of these simple exercises in your home. Stretching bands. You can hook these bands to anything and then pull on them, bending your arms back and forth. This is a simple exercise that does increase arm strength, but more importantly, raises your heart rate and gets your blood pumping. 


If you can, while you are seated, turn to each side and stretch as far as you can. Do this several times in a row, and do it several times a day. Simple yet effective exercising. The entire point is to do something out of the norm that causes your body to move. Every time you do something more physical than what you are currently doing it helps your heart work better. 


Hearth Healthy Lifestyle 


Besides the apparent eating and exercising routines necessary for a healthy heart, there is one other simple thing that you can do to improve your heart health: socialize. Being involved with other people and laughing regularly is very good for your heart. 


When you are interacting with people, mainly when laughing and feeling happy, your body produces hormones that make your entire body feel good. These hormones are very beneficial to your heart and alleviate a lot of the strain your heart endures each day. 


Each of these simple changes to your lifestyle will provide you with health benefits for your heart. 


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