Heart Health in the times of Social Distancing
Yes, I know - it's a tough time!
Social distancing - Lockdown - You miss your friends, your work and most importantly your sense of normalcy!
Lockdown is the most important precaution we can be taking right now to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The guidelines are put in place, for everyone but for the more vulnerable populations—including people with cardiovascular disease. EXTRA MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP SAFE:
1. Get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day.
While everyone should be prioritizing movement right now, those with a history of heart disease should definitely maintain cardiovascular exercise, at least 30 minutes per day.
Walking in your House is a great option
Online workout classes are an option - check YouTube for so many options
Moving is important - for every 30 minutes you sit - walk for 5 minutes
Walk a minimum 250 steps post Dinner
When Talking on the Phone Walk
2. Take care of your Mental Health
It's a known fact - Stress affects your Heart
And - a Lockdown can be Stressful
Stay in touch with Loved Ones - It can be a phone call, a video call However you choose to keep in touch, make it a priority
Read a Book
Play Board games
Watch some super funny Movies / TV shows
3. Eat Sensibly
Read Again - Eat Sensibly.
Do not follow Diet Fads - this will compromise your immunity further
Eat as per your Activity Levels - on days you are more active, eat more & on days you are less active eat Less
Eat all food groups in the right proportions
Boredom does NOT give you the license to eat when not Hungry (CAN READ THIS AGAIN TOO