February is National Heart Health Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to get in shape! At Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire, we wanted to honor this month by sharing some important information on what seniors need to know about heart health and what they can do to stay healthy and happy for years to come.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women across the United States, with over 700,000 heart attacks occurring yearly. Spreading awareness about the problem and what can be done to fix it can help lower this staggering number for future generations.
- Eat with purpose. One of the easiest tips you can follow throughout your senior years is focus on a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, whole-grains and low-fat dairy can boost your energy and contribute to your mental clarity. Fast food, alcohol and foods high in sugar should be avoided as they can be harmful to the body and place you at a higher risk for a heart attack. If you smoke, kick the habit – your chances of a heart attack, stroke and lung cancer increase dramatically.
- Get moving. A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to heart disease and raise your risk of a heart attack. Taking up a new hobby such as golf, walking, a gym workout and bike riding are excellent ways to keep your body mobile and in tip top shape. Even individuals with limited mobility can get moving by finding activities that are centered round their skill set. If you’re lacking motivation, you can enlist the help of a spouse, friend or even a professional caregiver in New Hampshire.
- Monitor your health. The best way to enjoy a heart healthy lifestyle is to attend regular checkups. Your physician can monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure levels to ensure that they’re within a healthy range. They can also regulate your medications based on your needs. A physician will also be able to determine if you have any health complications and can offer exercise tips on the best activities for your current abilities and fitness level.
The above is just a general guide to heart healthy living that should be followed at a pace that is comfortable and healthy. Start with simple changes and modifications such as switching out soda for water and start exercising with a brisk walk around the block. By easing into an exercise routine and diet plan, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success and avoid frustrations that often come with doing too much at once.
Need help creating a plan and following through with it? Learn more about hourly care in New Hampshire and find out how a part-time caregiver can help you meet your goals, all from the comfort of your own home! Dial 603-471-3004 for more information and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.