No one likes to admit they’re not feeling so great. With our increasingly busy lives, who has time to go and get themselves checked over? Whether it’s our mental or our physical health, all too often we push the symptoms aside and soldier on, knowing we should really be paying our doctor a visit.
But if you have the possibility of hereditary illness, such as a heart condition, it’s imperative you start taking time to look after yourself before that trip to a cardiologist comes out of necessity.
In this blog, we take a look at three ways you can look after your heart better and keep it in the best of health for the long term.
Any exercise but particularly the cardiovascular kind that helps to improve the efficiency of your heart and lungs. Not everyone loves spending hours at the gym. Not everyone can fit in running three times a week but what you can do is just move a little more.
If you don’t think it will make much of a difference, grab yourself a Fitbit or similar and start logging your steps. You will start feeling different. You’ll have more energy, you’ll sleep better and you’ll find yourself less out of breath as you climb the stairs to your office.
If you’re already fairly healthy then consider setting yourself exercise goals for the week that challenge you a little more. If you run already, incorporate some hill sprints or a tempo training run. If you walk regularly, pick up the pace or choose a hillier option for more of a challenge.
The key is finding some movement you love that you can do regularly, whatever age and whatever shape you’re in, your body will thank you for a little more movement in your daily life.
Get up in the morning and make your bed? A good habit, how about stacking that habit by adding in packing your gym bag straight after. Get that done regularly, how about adding in a protein shake or banana to your gym bag for healthy refuelling after your workout.
While you’re getting your protein shake ready the night before, maybe you could also get into the habit of making your overnight oats for the next morning.
Start the process of habit stacking and pretty soon you’ll be replacing all your bad habits with healthy ones. All these little changes add up to big differences in your overall health and how you feel.
Don’t wait until you feel ill to make positive changes, go ahead and start right away. Looking after yourself both mentally and physically is important not just for you but for all those people around you who love and care for you.
Think about your movement a little more and get into a new rhythm. Consider how you can start stacking good habits that stay with you for the long term and keep your heart and mind in great shape, now and for the future.