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Tips to Improve Your Heart Health in Less Than One Hour

admin - October 16, 2014

Improve your heart health in one hour.

Can you believe that one hour is only 4% of your total day? Most doctors recommend that people exercise for at least 30-40 minutes each day, but how many times do we forget or feel like we don’t have enough time to get to the gym?

Here are some helpful tips that you can do each day to improve your heart health in just 60 minutes.

Take a Power Nap: Even just a 10 minute nap can work wonders for your well-being. A quick nap can boost your mental activity and help alleviate stress.

Chat with Friends: Take time out during the day to talk to your friends, neighbors, or colleagues at work. Having social interaction, laughing, joking and sharing thoughts can relieve stress in addition to improving blood circulation and brain activity.

Take a Walk After Lunch: Even going on a five minute walk can help improve overall heart health. Taking time to get fresh air relaxes your mind, but also burns calories and improves digestion. Also, taking a quick walk during your lunch break at work can boost your overall productivity and lower the risk of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

Sign Up for an Exercise Class: Exercise is the key to healthy living, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. If going to work out at a gym or rec center isn’t your thing, sign up for a new fitness class, try a home workout video, or do a mix of all three. There’s something out there to fit your needs!


Heart Health

While these simple tips can improve your heart health, there are other risk factors that can impact your personal risk:

  • Family History
  • Increasing Age
  • Gender (males have an increased risk)
  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated C-reactive protein

In addition to following a healthy lifestyle, taking part in preventive health screenings are an option to reduce your risk of heart disease. 9 out of 10 doctors support preventive health screenings for heart disease among patients with risk factors, but who may not show any symptoms of the disease.


8 Comments so far
  1. Robert Young - November 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Enlighten me as to what elevated C-reactive protein is?

    would that be anything like the GENEROUS glass of OJ in the first panel (which Dr Oz and his buddy docs would say likely contains ALL the sugar you should ingest on a daily basis)?

    Thank you!

  2. Barbara E. Rolfes - November 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I do have a tip for heart health. Get a dog or cat. You get more exercise with a dog, but you get more attention with a cat. I have a cat and he comes to what ever room I’m in just to be close to me. He also listens to everything I’m saying. He may not understand everything,but it is good for your heart to have someone to talk to and a cat does the trick for me.He also follows commands. He sits, stays, lays down, shakes your hand if you extent yours and say,” howdy do”and does a few other things. A cat is never too old to learn new things and can be a great source of comfort.

  3. Barbara E. Rolfes - November 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not sure how long this will effect your heart, but I find if I pay all my bills at the first of the month, I feel more relaxed the rest of the month and I think this is good for my heart.

  4. Thana Salewski - November 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Simple – easy to understand and follow. Practical for the busy person. It is needed. I am a retired R.N. and think we all should eat better and exercise more. We need to be example setters and encourage others. I am about fifteen pounds from my desired weight. I will be 76 in February and thanks be to God for his patience and mercy. I can still at times put in an eight hour day working at home none stop. I know this is not really healthy and I know I need to discipline myself to not be so “responsible” about what needs to be done that I cannot take good care of myself. Thank you.

  5. E. Camacho - November 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I’m not in the medical field but my thinking is that every time we move, especially vigorous movement such as exercise, creates some agitation in our system such that blood circulation forces oxygen in our body’s cells thus keeping the cells alive and healthy. So keep on moving!

  6. Ruby Franks - November 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I have been riding my stationary bike for 30and 40 minutes everyday

  7. james duquette - November 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    thanks life line screening–I’ve been seeing a primary physican 4x a year for 20 years and he never checked my caratid line detected a problem and I was 95% blocked—had surgery and I’m doing fine–I’m 67 .

  8. H. Paul Simon - November 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I’ve been riding a stationary bike every morning for the last fifty years. I’m 91 years of age. I was first diagnosed with type- two diabetes 25 years ago. I’ve attended Life Line Screening each year for the last 20 years. Typically, people guess that I’m 75 years of age.

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