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