How’s your heart?

Have you had a heart check-up lately? The cheesiest lines from your favorite movie may not be enough for a heart in the pinkest of health. Don’t miss out on the chance of prolonging your life and enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ”Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) take the lives of 17.9 million people every year, 31% of all global deaths.”. Some of the factors that trigger CVDs are the use of tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption.

If you are one of those people who consumes 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day, consumes big, oily, fatty burgers with French fries on the side and hates walking or running, drinks alcohol at parties from dusk ’til dawn, then you’re a prime candidate to become cardio vascular disease patient. It’s not too late. Change your lifestyle, now!

Here are some helpful tips from “Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!”

Eat 5. “Can’t eat that…”, “Nope, can’t eat that either”. Stop worrying about the food you can’t eat. Focus, instead on having at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in your meals. Fruits and vegetables are also good to munch on, in between meals. Just focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables, rather that those you are forbidden to eat.

Move 10. Add at least 10 minutes of physical activity on top of what you’re doing every day. Studies have shown that a 30-minute (or more) physical movement a day can do wonders in preventing Cardiovascular Diseases. Fact is, a 10-minute walk or run or stair climbing is a small commitment that would make a huge difference in your life. But of course, always seek clearance from your doctor if you can do such activities.

Sleep 8. Remember when we’re kids, our parents would force us to sleep to keep us healthy? Welcome to the adult world where sleep is a reward and not a punishment. Do you remember your parents telling you to turn off the TV while watching your favorite cartoon because you need to get at least 8 hours of sleep? Yes, that’s right. You wish that’s the case now. In today’s fast-paced environment, It may be difficult to get that elusive 8-hour sleep cycle, but it’s important that we exert conscious efforts to do so. According to Mayo Clinic, “each person’s sleep needs vary slightly, but eight is a good number to shoot for.”

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