|Blog Article|||||By Simplyhealth||2 October 2020|
Heart and circulatory diseases are common in the UK. In fact, there are around 7.4million people in the UK, who live with them. That’s about twice the number of people living with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease combined1.
And sadly, more than a quarter of all UK deaths are caused by heart and circulatory diseases – around one death every three minutes1. Scary stuff.
There are some common risk factors associated with heart conditions. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can all increase chances of heart disease.
Keeping your heart healthy is important to avoid these problems. And there are lots of small changes you can make every day to improve your heart’s health.
Sometimes it can be hard to fit exercise into our daily routine. But you don’t need to hit the gym or run a 5k to start making a difference. Small steps can help keep your heart strong. Simple tweaks to your habits can slot easily into your day:
Want even more ways to keep your activity levels up? We've got a few ideas.
A healthy diet plays a huge part in reducing the risk of developing heart disease and preventing you from gaining weight, reducing the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. The best thing is to give yourself a balanced, varied diet:
Learn how to fuel your body with the nutrition it needs. We've got a collection of articles by nutritionist Monica Durigon.
Quitting smoking is one of the best ways you can look after yourself – and not just for your heart. In just days you can start noticing the positive changes, and after 12 months of no smoking, your risk of heart disease is reduced to nearly half that of a smoker's. Here are some ideas to help you kick the habit:
Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol can be detrimental to your health, and especially your heart. Abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, and damage to the heart muscle can all happen as a result of regularly drinking too much. Guidelines say that we should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week – that’s six pints of beer or six 175ml glasses of wine2. Keep your alcohol consumption in check by:
When we feel stressed, it’s easy to seek comfort in unhealthy activities, which are bad for our heart; smoking, eating unhealthy foods and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine. If you feel stressed it’s important to take time for yourself to wind down and feel calm. Consider some of the following techniques:
We have a whole section dedicated to your mental health. Methods and guidance on how to adapt, and thrive, in what seems to be a pretty hectic world.
Information sourced from the British Heart Foundation:
For more ideas on keeping your heart healthy, or for further support and advice, visit the British Heart Foundation.
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