World Heart Day, organized by the World Heart Federation is celebrated on 29th September. The aim is to spread awareness on how we can keep our hearts healthy, with proper diet, avoiding harmful factors like tobacco and doing proper physical activities. World Health Federation suggests that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart diseases and heart strokes can be avoided by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some ways which can help keeping your heart healthy.
It is very important to set a sleeping and waking up time. Cardiologists suggest that one needs at least 8 hours quality sleep every day to keep the heart healthy. During sleep, the heart gets good amount of coronary blood flow and sleep deprivation can lead to hypertension. One should also take some time for oneself before sleeping to wind down at the end of the day letting the mind relax and focus on the good things coming up the next day, this will ensure that when you wake up you feel calm, relaxed and ready for a beautiful day.
You must have heard the saying “Have your breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar”. Doctors also suggest that breakfast should be rich in carbohydrates and proteins, while the dinner should be small and light, also it is suggested to have dinner at least 2 hours before sleeping and one should also not go for a walk immediately after dinner, especially cardiac patients.
Our body is designed in a way that inactivity can cause various illnesses and therefore it is important to do some regular exercises. There are scientific evidences supporting benefits of ‘Pranayam’ and how it helps control cholesterol.
Regular checkups can help know the risks early so that you can address them early. There is also a huge fear about the discovery of heart disease among people. There are people in their 20s and 30s who are experiencing cardiac malfunction and heart attacks, therefore regular checkups become crucial. Doctors say that if blockages in the arteries can be discovered before a heart attack, there is a 99% chance that the patient’s life can be saved and he can further lead a healthy life.
Not necessarily backpacking to a hill station but take some time off for yourself, pamper yourself with home cooked food, music, a good book, or anything you love. Plan a get together with friends and spend some quality time without devices beeping around you. Remember, “A healthy ‘heart’ resides in a healthy body”.
Start young! Do not wait to get 30 or 40 years old to start a healthy lifestyle. Get in the ‘Healthy Heart Mode’ immediately.