Listen To Your Heart

posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:54 AM by Sara@LS

What makes you tick? Your heart, of course. A human heart beats 100,000 times a day, on average. That’s a lot of work for one organ the size of two clenched fists.

 

Your heart powers your entire body, which is all the more reason to protect it by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, like stress management, good nutrition and exercise.

 

Listen to your heart

 

Have your cholesterol and blood pressure tested annually, at the least – more often if you have a history of heart problems or high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure.

 

Pay close attention to the below numbers – they can help you better understand your heart’s health:

 

Measurement

Healthy Range

Total cholesterol

Less than 200 mg/dl

HDL “good” cholesterol

Greater than 40 mg/dl

LDL “bad” cholesterol

Less than 130 mg/dl

Triglycerides

Less than 150 mg/dl

Blood Pressure

Less than 120/80 mmHG

 

Take health to heart

 

There are many steps you can take to improve the health of your heart and all of your other organs too.

·         Practice good nutrition. Steer clear of fried, processed, trans-fatty foods. Doughnuts, pizza and French fries may taste good, but they won’t help you live longer.

·         Walk it out. Along with other types of exercise, walking is very beneficial for your heart. It can help you manage your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and improve your mood.

·         Find your inner Zen. Manage stress by doing things that help you feel happy and relaxed, like exercise, reading, taking a bath or listening to music.

·         Catch some zzs. Most Americans get about six hours of sleep at night. That’s not enough! A healthy amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours.

·         Say no to tobacco. Nicotine is not good for your heart. It can cause your blood pressure to rise temporarily and increase stress levels, along with other health risks!

·         Talk to your doctor. He or she can help you understand your numbers and create an action plan. Speak with them before starting a new exercise routine or making significant lifestyle changes.

 

A healthier you is within reach! Help others be healthy too – spread the word about living healthy, just like you would a smile. Once it catches on, it’ll move like wildfire. And that’s a fire we don’t want put out!

 

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Sara@LS,
Feb 7, 2011, 7:56 AM
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