10 Heart Healthy Behaviours that Could Help you Live Longer

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 26, 2014

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We need to abide by certain lifestyle behaviours to stay heart healthy. These include drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating healthy.
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    Keep Your Heart Healthy

    Healthy behaviours translate to better health and healthier hearts. We need to abide by certain lifestyle behaviours such as drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating healthy to keep ourselves healthy. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Take a Walk

    Physical activity is good for your heart.  Walking is the one of the easiest activities to stay active. To keep your heart healthy, do a bit of easy walking around your house and garden or out on your street. You can also walk your dog. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Dietary Changes

    What you eat has a great impact on your heart. For a healthy heart, choose semi-skimmed over full-fat milk, leaner cuts of meat, and steam or grill foods rather than fry. Eat fish (such as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon) twice a week to protect against heart disease. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Watch for Salt

    Salt consumption can have an influence on your blood pressure, which is one of the risk factors for heart disease. Be sure to read food labels to see just how much salt they contain. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Sit Less at Work

    A study by the researchers at The University of Sydney, Heart Foundation NSW, and the University of Queensland found that those adults who spend most of their work day sitting tend to call upon poor health and the prospect of heart disease. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Meditate

    Meditation has a direct impact on one's blood pressure. When you mediate regularly, there is a significant reduction in the blood pressure levels, which keeps the heart healthy. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Oral Hygiene

    You not only need your teeth to be their best to chew, you also need them to be so to keep away health ailments. There is conclusive evidence to suggest that gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the high levels of bacteria found in infected areas of the mouth. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Quit Smoking

    Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, including the heart. To keep heart ailments at bay, you need to take a heart-felt approach to kick this nasty habit. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Cut back on Alcohol

    Excessive alcohol intake is been linked to several medical conditions, including heart failure. Alcohol is also high in calories so it can lead to weight gain, which is again one of the risk factors for heart disease. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Quality Sleep

    Sleep deprivation can harm your health in many ways. Those who don’t get enough sleep are at greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. All of these can contribute to several heart conditions. Make sleep a priority in your life. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Regular Health Screenings

    You need regular health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes. But without testing for them, you won't know whether you have these conditions or not. Regular screenings will warn you and you can accordingly take an action. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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