Family Health, Men's Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Women's Health, Your Health Ben Brown | 7 years ago

Loves Me, Loves Me Not: How Do Daily Decisions Impact Your Heart Health?

A healthy heart lets you stay focused on doing what you love.  Learn how Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute can help you keep your heart healthy.  What you do, what you eat and how you approach your day can have a surprising impact on your heart. Keeping stress levels low, nourishing your body and mind with healthy choices, and taking really good care of yourself all have a surprising positive impact on your heart function. Here is a look at some healthy and not-so-healthy choices you can make throughout the day that will have your body telling you it “loves you” or “loves you not.”

In the Morning

Loves Me NOT
  • Hit the snooze button multiple times.
  • Comb your hair or put on your makeup in the car while driving.
  • Read the paper with a cigarette and a coffee.
  • Run a washcloth over your face.
  • Wolf down a fast-food drive-thru sausage sandwich.
  • Offend everyone in the office with your morning breath.
  • Unleash road rage and pound on your steering wheel.
Loves Me
  • Wake up early and go for a walk around the neighborhood.
  • Allow for plenty of time to get ready for work.
  • Watch the morning news while running on your treadmill.
  • Shower – it will give you a better jolt than coffee.
  • Enjoy a fiber-rich bowl of cereal and heart-healthy glass of orange juice.
  • Brush and floss your teeth.
  • Listen to an audio book by your favorite author during your commute.

At Work

Loves Me NOT
  • Walk in the office and wing it.
  • Surf the internet for an hour or two.
  • Remain in front of your computer for a solid eight hours.
  • Go for coffee refill number three; start to feel shaky.
  • Go out for a super-size combo with a chocolate milkshake.
  • Watch YouTube videos about cats and eat at your desk.
  • Embrace the 2 p.m. crash; get some more coffee.
Loves Me
  • Plan out your day with a "to do" list.
  • Get started on your list right away to feel accomplished and to stay focused.
  • Get up from your desk every 30 minutes for a brief walk or stretch.
  • Fill your water bottle and drink 64 oz. of water throughout the day.
  • Pack a lunch of grilled chicken, fresh veggies and a ripe peach.
  • Take a brisk walk at lunch.
  • Have an energy-boosting granola bar or some almonds midday.

In the Evening

Loves Me NOT
  • Microwave a TV dinner.
  • Kick off your shoes and plop down on the couch.
  • Let the laundry sit in the dryer for another night.
  • Fall asleep on the couch at 7 p.m.
  • Scroll through your Facebook feed for a few hours.
  • Chew some gum and promise to brush in the morning.
  • Watch infomercials until 1 a.m.
Loves Me
  • Enjoy a mixed-green salad with salmon and a cup of sorbet.
  • Take an after-dinner walk.
  • Finish household chores to keep you moving.
  • Garden, sew, read: make time for your favorite hobby.
  • Call a friend or Skype with far-away family to stay connected.
  • Brush your teeth again before bed.
  • Go to bed early, aiming for eight hours of sleep.