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Say ‘HELLO’ to a healthy heart!

Our heart is one of the core organs of our body and it’s crucial for our well-being that we have a healthy heart. If you truly agree to this, how about going over a few tips that’ll keep your heart healthy!  Come on, let’s go over these tips.

Concentrate on the middle – Excess belly fat is directly related to higher blood pressure and unhealthy blood lipid levels. If you have extra fat around the middle, it’s time to get rid of it. Eating fewer calories and exercising regularly is the best way to do it.

Get back to hobbies – High stress levels are not good for your heart. Gardening, knitting, cooking and many such activities play a vital role in distressing yourself. Other relaxing hobbies, such as woodworking, cooking, or completing jigsaw puzzles, may also help in punching away that stress.

Move to the music – Get on the dance floor whenever possible as dancing is great activity for your heart’s health. Similar to other forms of aerobic exercise, dancing raises your heart rate and gets your lungs pumping. It also lets you stay slim and fit as dancing also burns up to 200 calories or more per hour.

Go fishing – Try to eat fish at least twice a week. Fish are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that help in keeping heart diseases at bay. Fish like Rawas (Indian Salmon), Rohu (Roho Labeo), Bangda (Indian Mackerel) and Surmai (Indo-Pcific King Mackerel) provide the much needed Omega 3 fatty acids.

Laugh it off – Laughter is good for your heart. Watch funny videos, films or just crack jokes with your friends. A good laugh will keep your heart healthy. Laughter helps reduce stress hormones, decreases inflammation in the arteries and raises the level of high density lipoprotein which is known as ‘good cholesterol’.

Stretch it out – Yoga can help you relax and relieve stress. It also has the power to improve your heart health. It helps ward off cardiovascular diseases.

Lower salt intake – Processed food and restaurant food tends to be heavy on salt. So limit your intake fast food and limit eating out. Those with high blood pressure problems should avoid salt for a healthy heart.

Get moving – Couch potato lifestyle or even sitting in one place for long hours can have an adverse effect on your heart. It negatively affects your blood fat and blood sugar. If your work involves sitting at the desk, take short breaks to move around at regular intervals. Go for a short walk in your lunch break and exercise in your leisure time.

Get involved in housework – Vacuuming, mopping the floor and other household chores can give your heart a bit of workout. They’ll help you burn extra calories. So just play your favourite music to add some pep to your daily chores.

Get nutty – Almonds, walnuts, peacans are high on heart healthy fats, protein and fiber. Including these foods in limited quantity in your diet can help keep heart diseases away. But remember to take them in moderate quantity as nuts are high calorie food.

Pet your pet – Other than great company, pets also offer numerous health benefits. Owning and cuddling a pet may improve the health of your lungs and heart.

Take the stairs – Good exercise is important for a healthy heart. So whenever possible, avoid going up by the elevator. Take the steps instead. You can also play with your kids and pets in the park instead of watching them idly. This will prove good for a fitter heart.

Try making the above changes in your lifestyle and see the magical effects on your heart health. Live long!