According to Julie Corliss of Harvard Health Letter, sometimes it can be hard to have too many habits. Add these three healthy habits to your wellness plan to support your heart health.
Make a small change to your diet.
Examples: Swap out meat with beans in one of your favorite dinner recipes. Eat a slice of whole grain bread instead of white bread. Try a vegetable you’ve never eaten before.
Try a 10-minute heart rate-boosting exercise.
Examples: Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Get on a treadmill or other exercise machine. Jumping jacks, squats, leg lifts and arm circles are good alternatives if you don’t have a machine.
Know your numbers.
Here are the standard goals, according to the Harvard Heart Letter:
- Body mass index between 18.5 and 25 (see this BMI calculator).
- Blood pressure below 120/80 mm/Hg
- Total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL
- Fasting blood sugar (glucose) below 100 mg/dL.
It’s easy to determine these four key values. Stand on a scale and calculate your body mass index based on your weight and height. Measure your blood pressure (many pharmacies have equipment). Check your medical records for your most recent blood test results, which should include cholesterol and fasting blood glucose levels.