Physical wellness is about making sure you are healthy and at your best physically. Exercising, eating healthy and working out are the best things you can do to live a long happy healthy life. Taking these steps will help in the long run when it comes to fighting off diseases and procuring your medical wellness. (Image by Alex E. Proimos via Flickr)
You can reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a sudden cardiac death.
The good news is there are many things we can do to reduce our risk. Quitting smoking, identifying and treating high blood pressure, knowing and managing our cholesterol, relaxing and exercising more in order to ease some of our daily stress, and preventing or carefully managing diabetes are all things we have some control over. We know that people with diabetes have a three times higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease than individuals who are not diabetic. Cardiologists consider the diabetic patient to have the same risk as a patient who has had a previous heart attack.
Watch your weight and be mindful of not only what you eat but how much. Being overweight or obese tends to increase the risk for heart disease, not to mention many other serious medical conditions. Making healthy food and beverage choices is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose foods in “nature’s own wrapper” and avoid foods high in saturated fat (animal fats) and cholesterol. Avoid trans fats entirely. A high-fiber diet will help you manage your weight. Salt (sodium) often worsens high blood pressure, so limit your salt intake to about three grams (3000 mg) daily. Avoid simple sugars like those found in soda, candy and desserts.
Remember to exercise regularly. Physical activity is critical to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Keeping your weight down will result in lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Get plenty of good sleep. Obesity is three times more common in people who get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night. Poor sleep is also associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other medical conditions.
Get regular physical checkups and talk with your doctor about your personal risk for heart disease.
No one want to go to the doctors and get bad news about their health, so eat right, exercise regularly and this natural form of medication should keep you in the clear when visiting your doctor.