We all know that the heart is the most important organ in our bodies, but we are all guilty of abusing it. Every year 17.5 million people get a disability or die of Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
So what changes can you and your family make in your every day life to make your heart healthier? Follow our below tips:
If you’re running short of ideas on how to keep exercise interesting for you and the family? Why not take a look at our guide on different exercises to try with the kids or why not try Yoga!
Doing yoga as a family is not just for the body but it is also for the mind too. Although yoga isn’t your typical form of exercise, it’s good at building cardiovascular health, increases lung capacity and improves respiratory function and heart rate. To find out more reasons why you should teach your children yoga, take a look at our blog post here.
Cut down on sugar
It can be hard to cut sugar completely out of your family’s diet, but there are plenty of ways you can reduce the sugar.
Drink less carbonated drinks, squashes and fruit juices.
Try and make as many meals as possible from scratch rather than eating processed or pre-packaged meals.
Swap sweet treats for fruit.
It’s all about moderation. No-one is asking you to cut sugar completely from your diet, having it every now and then is okay.
Ditch the car
Instead of jumping into the car to do the school run, if you live in a walkable distance why not walk or bike to school. Even if the weather is bleak outside, grab a rain coat and wrap up warm – remember there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing!
Did you know that within 2 years of quitting, the risk of coronary disease is substantially reduced? So why wait, kick the habit now and save your heart. Not only that, second-hand smoke is a cause of heart disease for non-smokers, so quitting smoking wouldn’t only benefit your health but those around you too.