Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ignoring Heart Disease Won't Lower Your Risk

comic superhero character standing proudly
I'm posting this infographic as a reminder to myself about the importance of heart health. I'll be totally honest with you - I've let myself develop some bad habits in the last year that could lead to heart disease, and I know I have to change. I'm a text book case of someone who knows what to do, but still has trouble going from the "thinking about starting" phase to the "action" phase.
  • I've let my aerobic activity decrease well below the recommended 150 minutes per week.
  • I don't get enough sleep, which is a proven way to increase blood pressure. 
  • My diet doesn't include enough fiber, and fiber can help lower artery-blocking cholesterol. 
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I'm admitting this because I know I have a lot of company out there. Look, I get it - most adults know that heart-related problems such as atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and strokes are related to lifestyle choices, but changing unhealthy habits for healthier ones is tough.

If you just have a minute today, take a look at the high risk habits in this graphic. If any of them look familiar, then set a goal to change soon.

Please share any suggestions you have about developing heart-healthy habits.

by Matthew Killorin

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