Health Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy During the Holidays
Reading this may put a little damper on your holiday season, as it seems that all the holiday food and drink involved is bad for your health. But you should still enjoy the holidays. They are a celebration, and should be treated as such.
To help you out, we put together a list of tips to help keep your holidays healthier. By following these tips, you may be able to maintain the celebration, while still keeping your body healthy.
1. Exercise and Sleep Help Stress
When you start feeling the associated holiday stress, don’t cut back on exercise or sleep. Exercise and sleep are two of the most important things you can do to decrease your stress level and the effects that it has on your body. Eliminating television, some of the excess cooking, or other “time sucks” from your day will provide you with some of the extra time you need in your schedule, while keeping your stress levels (and the resultant problems) as low as possible.
2. Improve Your Diet
A lot of it also revolves around using self-discipline and planning to improve your diet. You do need to enjoy the holidays, and some overeating is expected, but limiting that to one or two occasions can pay dividends. Try for healthier options, more veggies, and avoid the sugary drinks and candy. Diet plays a large part in your heart’s health and it’s important to stay on track if you’re trying to improve it.
3. Avoid Activities if You’re Too Out of Shape
Don’t get involved in activities that you aren’t physically prepared for because it could trigger a heart attack. This should go without saying. If you can’t handle scooping the driveway, have someone who is capable do it. Pay someone if you have to. It is a small price to pay to avoid the potential issues. Machismo has led to the end of many great people.
4. Recognize the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Recognize the signs, and urgency, of heart problems so you know when you’re having one and need to go to a hospital. The following links are what to watch for. Know them well, as it may not be you, but rather a relative that is being stubborn. This could easily save a life. Female Heart Attack Symptoms and Male Heart Attack Symptoms. The sexes do not experience the same symptoms, so it would be wise to know both of them.
This may not be the most appealing holiday topic, but it is something that you should be aware of. We hope y’all have a happy, safe holiday season and don’t have to deal with these issues. Please celebrate safely. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to talk about weight loss plans to help you get on the right track for health.