Lack of Physical Fitness Leads to Heart Disease

Heart disease is a major concern for many Americans, but, to a degree, the disease can be self-inflicted. Making poor lifestyle choices, eating unhealthy foods, indulging in too many vices, and failing to exercise will all increase your risk of heart disease.

If your diet is high in cholesterol, saturated fats and sodium, then you will raise your blood cholesterol levels, which increases your chances of getting heart disease. You need to ditch the fatty foods in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables.

By limiting your intake of salt, you will lower your blood pressure, also keeping heart disease at bay.

If you are overweight, you are automatically increasing your risk of heart disease. Go to your physician to get tested for your body fat percentage, and to discover your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Being overweight is also an indicator of physical inactivity. You need to get out there and do some cardio. The Surgeon General recommends that adults exercise with moderate-intensity for half an hour on most days of the week. By doing this, you will keep your weight down, feel healthier, and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Giving up the cigarettes and alcohol is also key to maintaining your health. If you are a smoker but can summon up the willpower to quit, you instantly lower you risk of heart disease. Alcohol increases your blood pressure and also contributes to an increase in the level of triglycerides in your blood.

Remember, prevention is better than cure. For a healthier life, get active, cut down on those unhealthy vices and eat well.

URLs:
http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/behavior.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm

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