Although there are certain things that older adults should do to maintain their cardiovascular health, such as knowing their blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, many lifestyle practices are important for people of all ages to incorporate. Taking good care of your body throughout your life can improve your cardiovascular functioning and reduce your risk of developing dangerous heart conditions as you age.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
You can minimize your risk of cardiovascular disease by limiting the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat you consume. Try to choose chicken and fish instead of red meat, and incorporate high-fiber items such as beans into each meal. This will help counteract the effects of the high-fat items you do eat and make you feel full for longer. Remember, every healthy diet includes multiple servings of fruits and vegetables each day, as well as whole grains instead of refined.
Just a half hour of exercise each day can make a significant difference in your cardiovascular health. You don’t have to have a complex workout routine or even a gym membership to get active—many people find that simply taking a walk can help them feel more energetic.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
By following a nutritious diet and exercising regularly, you can maintain your weight and even lose extra pounds. Keeping a normal weight for your height is important for reducing your risk of heart attack, so speak with a physician at your local heart hospital for help creating a weight loss and maintenance plan.
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