As one of the top health problems in the nation, heart disease affects millions. However, did you know that more than half of heart disease is actually preventable? It just takes a few lifestyles changes to make your heart healthier and stronger. Here are a few ways:
Get tested right away. Find out your cholesterol level and your triglyceride level. You can then know how much risk you are in for heart disease and make appropriate steps. According to Dr. Peter H. Jones with the Baylor College of Medicine, it is important to then target your triglyceride level and aim for a level of 150 or lower. Triglycerides are very quick to respond to any changes in your diet—just lowering your saturated fats and getting into shape can lower them by 30 to 50 percent.
Start lifting weights. Weight training adds muscle and lowers your body fat percentage, which allows your heart not to have to work so hard to keep you alive.
Do interval training. Interval training involves pushing yourself for small increments of time. For example, if you are on the Stairmaster at the gym, for one to two minutes, move faster—push the level up a couple of notches and then bring it back down to your normal rate. Try this a few times during your workout. This shocks the body and causes your heart to work harder. This will also lower your overall heart rate when you aren’t working out. This means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard when you are sedentary.
Add in proper supplementation. Taking a supplement with phytosterols, such as Red Rice Yeast Plus from Weider™, it may help lower cholesterol.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.