Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience.
For an organ that works day in and day out to keep you alive, you shouldn’t put off taking care of your until it is too late. But taking care of your heart doesn’t have to be a difficult task.
This World Heart Day, we share five simple ways you can show your heart some love!
1. Don’t be a couch potato:
Most of us struggle to find the time and motivation to exercise in our busy schedules. But don’t let that be an excuse. Get active, exercise for at least 30-60 minutes every day. Try finding a workout buddy – working out with someone is a great motivation.
2. Watch what you eat:
Instead of giving up your favourite foods, practice portion control. Use the 50:25:25 rule to balance your place where 50% of your plate is made up of fibres (green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains), 25% of your plate is made up of proteins, and the remaining 25% of your plate is made up of carbohydrates. As for fats – the golden rule is to have half a kg of fat per person per month. Check out these tips for making homemade food healthy and these to get the basics of a diabetes-friendly diet right.
3. Keep an eye on the weighing scale:
Larger waistlines increase your risk for all kinds of diseases so trim that fat. Set a target weight – one that is ideal for you as per your height. Start by weighing yourself regularly – it acts as a good reminder and motivation.
4. Breathe in, breathe out:
Stress is unavoidable in today’s day and age. But get into the habit of not getting stressed by every little thing. Start meditating – even if it is only for 10-15 minutes every day. Find out how stress affects you – it will act as a good motivation to just keep calm and carry on!
5. Keep your blood sugar levels under control:
Finally, keep your blood sugar levels under control. Don’t rely only on medicines – leading a healthy lifestyle is the most effective way to keep your diabetes in check. And if you think you need constant motivation to keep you on track, try the Wellthy Care Diabetes Management programme!