Updated: Sep 5, 2020
When assessing a client's cardiovascular health, there are 8 main areas I look at which I will share with you in this post. All 8 of these pillars must be in alignment for the body to function optimally and in turn to support cardiovascular function. For example, if you eat healthy and exercise often, but internalize your stress, your heart is suffering and that’s a fact. If you manage your stress and laugh often but toss and turn the entire night, your heart is suffering and that’s a fact.
Scroll through these pillars and take a second to note which areas you're succeeding at and which areas deserve more attention.
1. QUALITY SLEEP
If you are getting good quality sleep you should wake up feeling rested and have enough energy to carry you through the day. For some people, 6 hours of sleep is adequate while others may require 9 hours of sleep.
2. STRESS MANAGEMENT
Stress management looks different for everyone, but find time in your day to unwind and relax. Watching TV can be a distraction rather than a stress reliever so make sure you’re doing something that helps unload some stress rather than just mask it.
3. SMOKING CESSATION
Smoking affects your lungs, but it also affects your heart and blood vessels and remains one of the most preventable causes of heart disease. Smoking cessation is not easy and I can connect you with smoking cessation professionals to help make this more manageable.
4. EXERCISE REGULARLY
Exercise is proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and strengthen your heart. We burn calories as we move so naturally exercise helps with weight maintenance too! Exercise is crucial for a healthy heart and to improve quality of life.
5. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Excess body fat is a predictor of heart disease so maintaining a healthy weight is necessary for overall health and improved cardiovascular function. There are many factors that play a part in body weight which we will discuss during our first appointment together.
6. HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE & CHOLESTEROL VALUES
Often before we feel any physical symptoms, our blood pressure and cholesterol levels may be high. It is important to get regular bloodwork to see what’s happening inside our bodies before we feel the physical symptoms which come later.
7. CHOOSE HEART HEALTHY FOODS
Staying away from fast food, trans fat, processed and packaged snacks and processed sugar is key for a healthy heart. There are many health foods that contribute to a healthy heart such as fibrous foods, omega-3 rich foods, leafy greens, nuts, fish and many more!
8. DO THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY!
Genuine happiness is a gift and should not be taken for granted. Laughter is medicine and engaging in joyous activities is what life is all about. Carving out time to do things that you enjoy is just as important as any of the above pillars.
Take note of which pillars are lacking for you and book a FREE 20 MINUTE CALL with me today to speak about how we can work together to help you achieve optimal health and wellness.