American women face a number of challenges to their health, including cardiovascular disease, which remains one of the top causes of death. Fortunately, heart conditions are highly preventable with the appropriate lifestyle changes.
Eat Low-Fat, Nutrient-Rich Foods
Consuming processed foods and items high in saturated and trans fats can contribute to hypertension, high cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels. Strive to eat at least five servings of produce each day, and choose items that are high in fiber, such as whole grains and legumes. When eating out, try to find poultry or fish entrees that are grilled, steamed, or baked, and ask whether you can substitute vegetables for a side dish.
If you are too busy to visit the gym multiple times per week, you can still sneak in small amounts of physical activity during your daily responsibilities. Choose a parking space farther away from your destination and speed-walk to get there, meet friends for a game of Frisbee instead of a round of drinks, and take the stairs whenever possible. Your goal should be to perform 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of cardio each week.
According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the most notable and preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, quitting can eventually reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke to that of a nonsmoker! Ask your physician for help creating a personalized plan to stop smoking.
Chronic stress can increase your risk of heart disease, so if you are having trouble sleeping, maintaining a steady eating plan, focusing on important tasks, or feeling calm, it may help you to evaluate your life and identify sources of stress. Be sure to practice daily stress-relief habits such as spending time with loved ones, exercising, and prioritizing responsibilities.
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