As a key vital organ, the heart is something that needs to be looked after and cared for. As we age the heart becomes weaker and the average heart rate slows down; however the heart does become larger and pumps more blood round the body to compensate for this. It is estimated that around 40-50% of people over the age of 65 have high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and other troubling conditions. Yet certain lifestyle choices can help to avoid heart problems in the future. Home Instead Sheffield has listed four tips to help you to keep your heart fit and healthy.
Staying active has never been so easy. It is recommended that in a five day week you only require 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day to keep you fit and in shape. Moderate exercise can vary from a jog around Endcliffe Park to a swim at Ponds Forge. Further to this, lots of local leisure centres have facilities for people aged over 50 to enjoy activities from indoor tennis to basketball!
Give up smoking
This is easier said than done, however smoking can be attributed to all kinds of nasty problems including coronary heart disease. If you quit smoking for a year than the estimated risk of you developing a heart attack, is considered half that of a smoker! The NHS operates a quit stop service with their team working out of 85 venues around Sheffield, which may be able to provide some guidance and help you on your way to quitting.
Keep your diet in check
A diet rich in fruit and veg (the more the better) and low in fat is great for keeping your heart healthy. Lowering the amount of salt in your diet can also keep your blood pressure at a normal level.
Small changes can be taken here to lower your intake of saturated fat; drinking skimmed milk instead of whole milk or eating leaner meats will help with this. Eating a takeaway probably isn’t the best idea which is quite difficult to come to terms with, especially as Sheffield has an abundance of takeout and fast food restaurants. However if you are ordering fast food, something similar to a chicken salad in a wholegrain pitta will keep the saturated fat levels down.
If you would like more tips on how to keep your heart fit and healthy the NHS choices website provides a lot of helpful information.