5 Heart Healthy Tips for Seniors
It is so important for every person, at every age, to care for their heart. Cardiovascular health is extremely important especially for seniors, which is why it is essential that elderly adults are aware of some of the easy tips they can implement to keep their hearts healthy. The great news about these tips is that they are relatively simple and easy to implement so you can start adding them to your daily routine today. It is never too late to start taking better care of your heart.
- Start Walking- One of the best ways to maintain a healthy heart is to stay physically active. For seniors, this can be so simple. It doesn’t require a lot of strenuous work or a costly gym membership. All you need to do is walk. Even just 15 minutes of activity a day can help you live longer. So whether you are planning a short walk around the neighborhood, taking the stairs or parking farther away at the grocery store for a longer walk—little steps can really add up.
- Drink Water- There are so many beverages out there that claim to be “low fat” or “sugar-free” or “diet.” Ignore these drinks. Stick with water. It is so much better for you and for your heart.
- Keep it Simple With Your Diet- Remove foods from your diet that have extra sweeteners in them, and that are processed or packaged. Simple foods are best when it comes to maintaining a heart healthy diet. This means lots of fruits and veggies, lean, fresh proteins and whole grains. They can really help you live the healthy life you deserve and won’t have a negative impact on your cardiovascular system.
- Watch Your Blood Pressure- You should be monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Make sure you are aware of where your blood pressure is and that you are making healthy lifestyle changes to lower that blood pressure if it becomes too high.
- Keep Stress Low- It can be hard to keep your stress under control, but it is so important, not only for your mental well-being but for your heart as well. Excessive stress can increase your chances of getting heart disease and cause high blood pressure. While there is no magical cure for stress, there are things that you can be actively doing to help keep your stress levels low. The less you stress, the better your heart will be.
Keep these tips in mind if you are looking for proven ways to take care of your health and your heart. It can go a long way in helping you feel your best and know that you are taking care of yourself.
Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place for her senior research project and placed in the 98th percentile on the national exam for OB/GYN residents in the U.S..