There are more ways to improve your heart health then you probably realize, from medications to exercise, quitting smoking and spending more time outdoors – but which heart healthy solutions are fit for you? Have you ever personalized your own heart healthy routine to only include those aspects that will work for you?
If you struggle with high blood pressure or high cholesterol, getting those numbers down may be the battle of your life. You’re told by physicians, family and friends to eat better, exercise more, get off that couch, lower your stress, laugh more, relax more, and a million other little things. It can be incredibly overwhelming to take in all of the information and attempt to do each and every little thing. So overwhelming, in fact, that many who live with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol end up doing no more then taking their prescribed medicine because it’s the easiest thing to do. This year, you need to change that mentality!
A Personalized Approach to Heart Health
In 2015, after you’ve already disregarded your health resolutions and have fallen back into your normal routine, let’s take a time out. Sit down with a pen and paper, take a look inside and write down the things you know 100% that you can and will do.
1. Know Thyself – The first step to turning your life around is to be realistic with yourself. So you struggle with high blood pressure. Maybe your parents did as well, or another family member. Maybe it’s hereditary, or perhaps it’s deeper than that. A realistic plan begins with knowing who you are and what you’re truly capable of. Write down what you love to do. Whether it’s taking the dog for a walk, or sitting on the couch watching football. No matter what it is that you enjoy doing, make a list.
2. Know The Info – Secondly you’ll need to know the tactics and strategies for lowering high blood pressure. I’m sure by now you’ve heard all of the information, so make a list of what you’ve been told to do. Perhaps exercise more? Maybe change your diet? Quit smoking or limit your drinking? Write down what you’ve been told do to.
3. See What Works – Take a look at your two lists, one of what you love doing and one of what you’ve been told to do to lower high blood pressure. Are there any similarities? Do you love playing fetch with the family dog, and does that coincide with getting outdoors or getting more exercise? What items on your ‘love to do list’ can be tweaked slightly to match the ‘need to do list?’ Instead of sitting on the couch watching football, could you walk down to the local high school on Friday nights to watch a game there? If you’re a smoker, but only smoke during high stress situations or social events, be realistic about how you can swap out high stress for something on that ‘love to do list.’
4. Supplements – One of the easiest strategies for naturally lowering blood pressure that you can implement is to start taking heart healthy supplements like Cardio Juvenate Plus with L-arginine, L-carnitine and citrulline. All-natural supplements do not come with the side effects that many blood pressure medications tend to have. Check out our client testimonials for more information on Cardio Juvenate.
The key to lowering your blood pressure is to do it in a way that works for you. If you set yourself up for success, you’ll have better odds of sticking with your plan and avoiding prescription medications.