Good Neighbor Script

< Back to Latest Articles

4 Healthy Habits That Will Help Your Heart

Being proactive about protecting your heart doesn’t have to involve a huge lifestyle overhaul.

Here are four heart-healthy habits you can easily incorporate into your everyday life.

Eat Breakfast

If you are among the 20 to 30 percent of U.S. adults who, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, regularly skip breakfast, you’re missing out on an opportunity to boost your heart health. The American Heart Association points to research evidence that people who eat breakfast are less likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, two major risk factors for heart disease.

A study published in the April 2019 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that subjects who skipped the morning meal had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

You can reverse that course by pausing from your morning rush to eat breakfast. To make it healthy, quick and delicious, try these ideas:

Keep Walking

Even if you rarely make it to the gym and your home exercise machines are gathering dust, you can keep your body and heart fit simply by doing more of something you do all the time: walking. An article from Harvard Medical School cites that walking decreases heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation.

Many fitness experts set 10,000 steps a day as the benchmark, while the average American only walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, notes Mayo Clinic exercise physiology researcher Thom Rieck.

Snap on a pedometer and adopt these habits to take your daily steps a higher level:

Laugh Out Loud

A hearty laugh is good for your heart. As the American Heart Association reports, laughter may reduce stress hormones, decrease inflammation of the arteries and increase levels of good cholesterol. Laughter also increases your blood flow and oxygen intake, which stimulates the heart and other organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

To enjoy the positive health effects of humor, look for everyday opportunities to have a good chuckle.

Let the Music Play

Music is a great energizer for a working out, but it provides other heart health benefits, too. Studies have shown that listening to music may improve blood vessel function by relaxing the arteries, along with helping the heart rate and blood pressure return to normal faster after physical exertion, according to Harvard Medical school.

A study at Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that music helps those who have already experienced heart attacks or other heart problems lower their blood pressure, heart rate, stress and anxiety.

To let the sound of music make your heart healthier, consider these ideas:

February 1, 2020

More Healthy Habits Articles

A blog from Good Neighbor Pharmacy with inspiration for living well.

MORE Healthy Habits ARTICLES