As you enter your 40s, it’s important to pay attention to your heart health. This is the time when your heart starts giving warning signs that you shouldn’t neglect. Dr. Aparna Bhanushali, Head of Growth & Scientific Support at Haystack Analytics, explains that our daily habits have a significant impact on our short-term and long-term well-being. Maintaining good heart health allows you to remain active and pursue your interests throughout your life.
One important habit is to stay physically active. As we age, our metabolism naturally slows down, resulting in a tendency to accumulate more fat. Including moderate physical activities, such as 150 minutes of walking per week, can act as a preventive measure against cardiac diseases and other medical conditions.
In addition to exercise, it’s crucial to mind your diet. In your 40s, it’s time to start following a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid or reduce the consumption of processed foods and saturated fats. Choose lean protein sources like poultry, fish, and legumes while reducing red meat consumption. Include whole grains and colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet for added heart benefits. Limit your salt intake to around 2.3 grams per day.
Taking care of your mental well-being is also essential for a healthy heart. Prioritize adequate sleep, meditation, and regular physical activity. Managing stress levels through meditation and monitoring sleep patterns helps reduce undue pressure and maintain overall health.
It’s important to avoid unhealthy habits like consuming packaged foods, alcohol, cigarettes, and tobacco. These habits can negatively impact your heart health. Regular comprehensive health check-ups and preventive screenings are also essential. Monitoring conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol levels can lead to early detection and better outcomes.
By following these heart-healthy habits in your 40s, you can prioritize your cardiac well-being and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
Source: Dr. Aparna Bhanushali, Haystack Analytics; Dr. Advait Sharma, Truworth Wellness