Cardiovascular health is a big deal, we know. You can make many life-changing and drastic adjustments to better your heart health, but there are constant little changes you can make in your daily life that affect your overall health in ways you’d never expect. Rather than focusing on the drastic changes, start small and slowly build up good habits that positively affect your cardiovascular health. Plus, many of these changes can be fun and relaxing, thereby improving your overall health. From choosing fun activities to sharing a barrel laugh with friends, see how these adjustments to your daily life can make fun and heart-friendly!
Get out your knitting needles
Keeping your hands busy helps the mind unwind. Activities like knitting, sewing, crocheting, and even woodworking or cooking can help the mind relieve stress and, in turn, help your heart. Finding an activity that makes you happy allows you to alleviate stress when life gets overwhelming.
Take the long way home
Did you know that driving is one of the most significant stressors for people today? Consider taking the scenic route on your drive home – take it easy and forget about the red lights and aggressive drivers. Eliminating stress while driving can help lower blood pressure and stress levels, which of course has a positive impact on your cardiovascular system.
Laughter is the best medicine
Whether you enjoy quality time with family that is full of entertaining stories or watching a funny movie alone, laughter is good for your heart. Research from the American Heart Association suggests laughing can lower stress hormones, decrease inflammation in your arteries, and raise your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HLD), also known as “good cholesterol.”
Pet therapy is the best therapy
Though we might not think about it, pets provide us numerous health benefits. Studies from the National Institute of Health suggest that owning a pet may improve your heart and lung function, thereby lowering your chances of dying from heart disease.
Get active in a way that works for you
Dance it out. No matter what beat you prefer to dance to, you can get your lungs pumping, burn calories and get in some fun aerobic exercise.
Stretch it out. Doing simple stretches to fit your ability can help not only improve balance, flexibility, and strength but can also help you relax and relieve stress. Practicing yoga has the potential to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Walk it out. Remaining sedentary for extended periods of time can shorten your life span. Sitting at a desk all day can negatively impact your blood fats and blood sugar. It is important to take regular breaks, go for short walks, and enjoy a break from tedious everyday tasks.
Remember, heart health does not have to be scary or overwhelming. Make it fun with these tips. Take small steps to improve your cardiovascular and overall health. Do you feel you need a little extra guidance when it comes to cardiovascular health? Learn about Western Slope Cardiology and how to keep our patients close to our hearts.