FIVE EASY WAYS TO LOVE YOUR HEART

It’s the month of love and everywhere you look, there are red hearts that symbolise the warmth of love and infatuation.  It’s also an ideal time to look inwards at what you can do to keep yourself healthy and how you can keep your heart in tip-top shape. Best of all, if you are a Zurreal Platinum member, you can earn double your Health Check Rewards just by keeping an eye on your health during the month of February..

To make sure that your heart is the knight in shining armour that your body needs it to be, consider these easy ways to boost heart health and drive down your risk of developing cardiac disease:

KICK THE HABIT.

Smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes is as bad for the heart and arteries as it is for the lungs. If you smoke, quitting is the biggest gift of health that you can give yourself. Second-hand smoke is also toxic, so avoid it as much as possible.

GET MOVING.

Exercise and physical activity are about the closest things that you have to magic armour when it comes to preventing heart disease and other chronic conditions. Use your Zurreal benefits to join the gym for less or join Zurreal Platinum to earn cash rewards while you stay active with the fantastic Gym and Sport Fit Rewards! Find out more here.

WATCH THE SCALE.

Carrying extra weight, especially around the belly, strains the heart and tips you toward diabetes. If you are overweight, losing just 5% to 10% of your current weight can make a big difference to your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

REINVENT THE DIET.

Add fruits and vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, good protein (from beans, nuts, fish and poultry), and herbs and spices to show your heart the love. Cut out processed foods, salt, rapidly digested carbohydrates (like those from white bread, white rice and potatoes), red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages.

DRINK LESS ALCOHOL.

If you drink alcohol, limit your intake — one to two drinks a day for men and  no more than one drink per day for women.

If you are concerned about the health of your heart, it may be time to visit a doctor after all, prevention is better than cure! To view all of the available specialists in your area, click here.