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Three Simple Steps to a Healthier Heart

Cardiovascular disease is something that all Australians need to take seriously. Each year, cardiovascular disease is responsible for almost 500,000 of all hospitalisations.

One out of every six Australian residents has some form of cardiovascular disease; that’s about 4.2 million Aussies. Every 12 minutes, the disease will claim the life of an Australian.

However, you do not have to let this be you. Just take simple steps each day to improve your chances of having a healthier heart.

If you want to reduce your chances of getting cardiovascular disease, you don’t have to completely change your lifestyle. All you need to do is make a few smarter choices where your health is concerned.

In other words, you need to get enough sleep, eat better foods and move your body more often. If you can practice these three things on a daily basis, you could avoid getting cardiovascular disease altogether.

Sleep

There are many reasons why it is important to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Not only will it give you more energy in the morning, it will also keep your heart healthy.

According to Chicago Medical School, people who get less than 6 hours of sleep per night have double the chances of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. They also have 1.5 times the chance of getting congestive heart failure.

Meanwhile, people who sleep more than 8 hours may also be at risk of coronary artery disease and chest pains. You must get that 6-8 hours of quality sleep to have the right balance for your heart.

Eat Better Foods

It should be no surprise that eating nutritious foods is the key to a healthier heart. But, what are nutritious foods? Well, if you can stick to an all-natural whole food diet, that would be a start.

You’ll want to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily diet as much as possible. Breakfast, in particular, is the most important meal of the day. This is when you should have your oatmeal, whole-wheat, and other complex carbohydrates.

Avoid junk foods, including sweets, soft drinks, fried foods, candy and so on. If you can avoid red meat, this is good, too. Remember to drink plenty of water. Moderation is key.

Move Your Body

No one is asking you to run a marathon every day. You just need to move your body consistently for at least 20 minutes daily. According to the Heart Foundation, 20 minutes to 30 minutes of exercise per day will greatly reduce your chances of getting a stroke or heart attack.

You can get this much exercise just walking around your neighbourhood in the morning before you go to work. Or, you can go to your local gym and just hop on the treadmill for 20 to 30 minutes.

If it means keeping your heart healthy and keeping yourself out of the hospital, don’t you think it’s worth it?

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