For healthy living: Quick tips to keep tabs on your heart

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

February has been de­clared Heart Month in many coun­tries across the world, but it’s im­per­a­tive to main­tain heart health all year round. The good news is: just 150 ac­tive min­utes a week — that’s just over 20 min­utes a day — can im­prove heart health by low­er­ing your blood pres­sure, boost­ing your lev­els of good choles­terol, and keep­ing weight un­der con­trol. The Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion adds that even reg­u­lar walk­ing has ben­e­fits for your car­diac health. Fol­low these sim­ple steps to stay in shape:

Start small: Break down into 10-minute ses­sions through­out the day and build it up from there.

Try walk­ing: Walk­ing is one of the best ways to get more ac­tive. Thirty min­utes of walk­ing in the day will help keep your heart healthy.

Give it time: To make walk­ing a habit, give your­self time. Don’t worry if you hap­pen to miss a day; just make sure you start again as soon as you can.

Be re­al­is­tic: You don’t have to train for a marathon to im­prove your heart health. Just set your­self re­al­is­tic goals and achieve them. You can set a goal to learn how to swim, or walk to work three times a week.

Keep mov­ing: Even if you don’t set aside the time for a spe­cific work­out, ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties also count, so look out for op­por­tu­ni­ties to be ac­tive dur­ing the day. Use the stairs in­stead of the es­ca­la­tors, walk to the lo­cal shop and do some stretch­ing when watch­ing TV.

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