Do you take care of your family? Goes without saying. Do you take care of your home? Of course. Do you take care of your heart? Probably not.
It may not be at the top of the to-do lists, but caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease. While many may assume that popping a few pills that your healthcare provider prescribed is enough to quell symptoms or prevent a heart attack, the real preventative power lies with real changes to your lifestyle – which can reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent. A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier.
Below are 15 interesting facts related to your heart.
- New born babies have the fastest heart beats.
- Quitting smoking and exercising regularly can keep your heart healthy.
- There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body.
- It’s important to manage your diabetes to help prevent a heart attack or stroke.
- Studies show that the risk of developing heart disease is about 25 to 30 percent higher for people who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
- The heart works twice as hard as the leg muscles of a sprinter.
- The size of a human heart is two hands together.
- Human heart beats 100,000 times a day.
- Everyday the heart pumps around 2000 gallons of blood.
- Women’s heart beat is faster than a man’s heart by 8 beats per minute.
- The heart has its own electric supply. It can beat even if it’s separated from your body.
- Each and every cell in your body gets the blood from your heart.
- Coronary arteries supply the heart muscle with oxygen and nutrients by circulating blood.
- Heart failure is when the heart is unable to pump blood to all your body parts efficiently.
- Human heart weighs between 7 and 15 ounces.
Your goal should be to make exercise a regular habit over time. The more you can stick with it, the easier that is. Making physical activity pleasurable is a good way to start. Try switching up some of your regular habits. For instance:
- If you usually sit down after dinner, try taking a walk in the neighborhood, around your yard, or up and down a staircase instead.
- If you flop on the sofa and watch TV in the evening, try following along with an exercise video for 30 minutes first.
- If you tend to socialize with friends at bars and restaurants, try meeting them for a weekly Saturday walk in the park or joining a gym or team sport together.