Caring for a loved one is a challenging task. This huge responsibility easily leads to a stressful life, making caregivers more at risk for heart disease. It so important to recognize your own health needs because heart disease is preventable.

Altering your lifestyle and diet can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease. We’ve come up with a few tips that can make all the difference in your life, and the lives of those you care for.

Know the risks. Knowing and understanding the risks of heart disease is the first step towards a healthy heart. Visit WebMD for more information.

Change it up. Once you know the risks, it’s important to change your life to help your heart. Change can be easier than you think. Get active naturally. Choose an active routine rather than a sedentary one. Park your car farther away. Keep stocked with healthy snacks like fruit.

Grab an apple or banana as you run out the door to do an errand. Our wonderful locally grown produce is just around the corner. Until then, our neighborhood grocery stores keep their shelves stocked with lots of wonderful choices.

Keep expectations realistic. It is easy to slip back into old habits. If you see yourself slipping, pat yourself on the back for your success so far and get back on track. Perfection is not the goal. Improvement is the goal. Consistent improvement will result in a healthy life style.

Let loose! Make sure you include some fun activities in your life. Are you a sports fan? Head to the park and play catch. Love flowers? Take time out to thoroughly enjoy your garden. Mixing healthy activities with your interests is a great way to have some fun while maintaining a healthy heart!

Find out how Senior Helpers of Annapolis MD can help you by giving us a call 410-305-0888.




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