February is National Heart Month, so why not try and improve certain aspects of your lifestyle with these LighterLife top tips?
Walk, walk and walk some more!
A more active lifestyle is easier than it looks. Many people presume that a more active lifestyle revolves around clocking up the miles on the the treadmill, but that isn’t the case at all. There are several enjoyable ways to lead a healthier life. One is simply to walk more. Walk to the shops, around the park with the dog, during your lunch break or even around the house. Gardening can be a great way to increase your heart rate and it can be very enjoyable too.
TOP TIP: Experts advise us to be moderately active for at least thirty minutes a day, five days a week.
Use a LighterLife pedometer
Whilst walking, count your steps. The British Heart Foundation recommends we take 10,000 steps a day, but the key is to set an attainable goal you are comfortable
with. Use your LighterLife pedometer to measure your progress, record your steps and work out a daily average.
TOP TIP: Research shows that those who use a pedometer in a regular walking programme see significant improvement in their weight management and blood pressure
Eat more Omega-3
Eating two servings of fish a week can reduce your risk of suffering a fatal heart-attack by a third. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that’s thought to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease. Omega-3 is also shown to lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting.
TOP TIP: Our home made fish finger recipe is a perfect start to boosting your Omega-3 intake, so get cooking!
Meditate your way to a healthier heart
Research has shown that meditation can reduce blood pressure. Meditation can alter a range of body functions such as respiration and blood vessel dilation, which result in a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
TOP TIP: Men and women who practice meditation are 30% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease over the next eight years
With just a small few steps, you can dramatically improve the health of your heart and LighterLife will accompany you all the way!
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