It’s never too late to adopt healthier habits. No matter your age, there are specific lifestyle choices you can start making now to help prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.
Eat a Healthy Diet. Eat lean meats and oily fish. Make sure you’re eating lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Eliminate or reduce the sugar and sweetened drinks and select foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.
Exercise Regularly. The American Heart Association recommends both cardio and strength training exercises to reduce risk of heart disease. Cardio will help strengthen your heart and build endurance while strength training will help your major muscle groups.
Know the Warning Signs. We’ve all heard of chest pain, shortness of breath and tingling, but do you know the warning signs for heart attacks and strokes? Click here to learn all the warnings, especially since they can differ for men and women.
What should you do at your current age to prevent heart disease? We’ve listed the major lifestyle choices to consider if you’re not already doing these:
In Your 20’s:
- Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.
- Exercise regularly.
- Schedule regular health exams with your doctor and start screenings, especially if you have a family history of heart-related diseases.
In Your 30’s:
- Understand your family history and raise those concerns to your physician for possible screenings.
- Lead by example for your family. Make family time active time by going for walks or family bike rides instead of watching TV on the couch.
- Control your stress. Stress can worsen current diseases and increase risk for others, so find time to relax.
In Your 40’s:
- Watch for sleep apnea. If you find yourself snoring more often (or your partner mentions it more), have your physician check it out, as it could be sleep apnea, which leads to high blood pressure and stroke.
- Metabolism starts to slow down, which could lead to weight gain. Following a fitness routine like Farrell’s or making fitness part of your daily routine can keep your weight in check.
- Have your blood sugar levels checked.
In Your 50’s and Beyond:
- If you have been diagnosed with any cardiovascular diseases, make sure to follow your treatment plan provided by your physician.
- Eat a nutritious diet.
- Exercise as you are able.
- Know the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke.
Following the Farrell’s program by eating healthy and getting in good cardiovascular exercise is the perfect way to keep you heart-healthy!
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