September 29 each year is set aside as World Heart Day. This day was founded to spread the news that heart diseases and stroke remain the leading causes of death worldwide. This year the theme for the day was Share the Power! You know your heart powers your body! Do you know that the things you do affect how well your heart powers your body?
What can you do? You can start by focusing on four lifestyle habits:
o Eat more heart healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
o Use heart healthy oils to cook (eg olive oil) and be sure to use small amounts of even that.
o Limit your intake of salt, sugar and processed foods
o Create opportunities to exercise and be more active.
o Try and get a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise weekly
o Focus on activities that you love eg dancing, walking, jogging etc
o Find innovative ways to get more exercise
Dance or perform jumping jacks during commercial breaks while watching your favourite TV shows
Pack your car a little farther from your office and walk the rest of the way
Or stop a bus stop away from your usual and walk the rest of the way
Have standing meetings at work
While at work, get up every 1 hour and stretch
Join a dancing class
Get up and walk around every time you’re receiving a call
Put your phone box a little farther away from you in the office so that you have to get up to pick it up when it rings
• Smoking: Quit smoking! There’s no easy way of saying this. There’s no recommended amount of smoking per day. It’s just plain bad for you! Remember that second-hand smoke is just as bad for the people around. For tips on how to go about this, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/04/08/daily-health-tips-i-want-hep-to-quit-smoking/
• Alcohol: Reduce your consumption of alcohol and if you don’t drink, please don’t start! For more help with this, please click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2013/12/07/daily-health-tips-alcoholism/
Ensure that your work, sleep and play and environments encourage healthy eating, exercise and discourage smoking and limits alcohol.
Have a great weekend, everyone 😀