Denver Heart Doctors Provide Heart Health Tips for 2019
We’ve reached that time again when everyone is looking toward the end of 2018, the beginning of 2019, and starting to gear up for big goals and plans for the year ahead. So often, health and wellness are at the top of many people’s lists for the new year, so we thought we’d help you get a little jump start if it’s on your list as well. All forms of health, heart health included, require small steps, done consistently, to add up to big changes in your overall health. If getting serious about your heart health is on the list of things you want to do in 2019, consider implementing some of these heart health tips.
We talk all the time about how prevention is the key to catching any potential health problems with enough time to treat them properly, but a lot of prevention comes from simply being more in tune with your body. Get to know the signs that something’s wrong not by searching symptoms on the internet, but by sitting with your body and understanding how it feels when things are going well, and what things your body does that feels like red flags. If you can listen to what you’re body’s saying a little more closely, you’re putting yourself in a good position to nip a lot of health problems in the bud before they get a chance to grow into larger problems that require more invasive solutions.
From a practical standpoint, you can also consider a calcium heart score test here at South Denver Cardiology. If is an easy and effective way to identify potential risks before they are a problem.
Kick the Habit
If you’re a smoker, now’s the time to stop. Getting serious about heart health means kicking the habit once and for all. The minute you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease decreases, and that impact compounds over time. Of course, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the health benefits you’ll reap if you stop smoking, but it’s a pretty good place to start.
Get Your Groove On
Any amount of exercise is beneficial for heart health, but if you’re looking for a way to make it a little more fun, try dancing. This could be a class like Zumba or another dance-specific class, a night out on the town with your favorite friends, or simply letting loose in your living room for a little while, whatever kind of dancing calls your name. It’s about more than just burning calories when it comes to getting your groove on, it’s also about the endorphins that connecting to your body’s movement more fully provides. Finding forms of exercise that bring you joy as well as build strength is the key to creating a long-lasting fitness habit.
Find New Ways to Relax
Relaxation doesn’t look the same for everybody, and often it’s an evolving experiment as you grow. If your old ways of relaxing aren’t quite doing the trick anymore, it’s time to try something new. Maybe you need to dive back into reading fiction or prioritize going for walks outside every day. Maybe it’s quiet time listening to music and journaling or cooking your favorite meals without the stress of a recipe. Whatever soothes your worries and calms your frazzled nerves, lean into it. Keep note of what truly relaxes you so you can remember even when your stress levels are making it easy to forget.
Bid Sodium Farewell
We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s always worth mentioning again. Diet plays a huge part in heart health, and sodium is a big area for improvement for many Americans. We’re not asking you to completely forgo it, a certain amount of salt in your diet is beneficial to keep electrolyte levels properly balanced, but cutting back is in the best interest of most people.
Brush ‘Em Real Good
Believe it or not, oral hygiene can be a large indicator of (and factor that plays into) your overall health. Yes, that includes your heart health. Taking your oral hygiene seriously is just another way to stay committed to overall health and wellbeing. At a minimum, you should be heading to the dentist’s twice a year for checkups in order to catch any problems as quickly as possible. You should also be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing for optimum gum health.
Think Outside the Box
There are so many ways to work on your health, and some of them will be extremely personal to you. From stress relief tactics to the kinds of exercises that bring you joy, making health and fitness a lasting lifestyle requires taking all the advice you hear and molding it into something that works for you. Get creative, and try new things until you find the ones that really stick! And always remember, if you’re planning on making major shifts in your exercise regimen and daily diet, we recommend checking with your physician first.