If your doctor has told you that you are in danger of heart disease, you need to make some changes in your life to stop this from happening. Below are two things you should do now so you can help your heart get healthier.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is good for your brain, and it is also good for your heart. When you start drinking green tea, the blood flow to your heart increases. It also helps to lower your blood pressure and lower your cholesterol. A study in coronary arteriography has shown that 400 Japanese men who drink at least one cup of green tea per day has a much lower risk of a heart attack than men who did not drink green tea.
You can purchase green tea bags at most supermarkets, and make your own green tea at home. You can drink it hot or cold. If you purchase green tea beverages, check how much sugar is in the drink. They also make green tea extract that you can add to water to get the benefits of green tea.
Your heart is a muscle and doing cardio can help it become much stronger. A stronger heart means a healthy heart. There are many types of cardio exercises you can do, and you should choose one that you actually enjoy doing so you will stick with it. Some of the exercises you can choose from include:
- Kickboxing: Cardio kickboxing involves making jab, cross, and hook punches using your arms. You also do kick motions using your legs. If you have never done kickboxing before, take a class from a qualified instructor to teach you the moves.
- Aerobic exercise: Aerobic exercising includes biking, jogging, and running. These exercises makes you move fast enough to raise your heart rate, which makes your heart stronger. Low impact aerobic exercises include hiking or swimming, which you should do if you have any type of joint problems.
- Strength training: With strength training, you use resistance bands or weights while you are doing exercises. This not only builds up muscle in your arms and legs, but is also healthy for your heart.
Talk with your doctor before you start any type of exercise plan. They can tell you how many times per week and how long is safe for you to do them.
These cardio exercises will also help you lose weight if you are currently overweight. Being overweight makes your heart pump more blood, which makes it work much harder.