5 Steps to Improve Your Heart Health


  1. Get your muscles moving!

    Strength training is an excellent way to improve your heart health. It can help people with a lot of body fat (which is a risk factor for heart disease) in losing weight and gaining lean muscle mass. When combined with aerobics, strength training can raise good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol. It may also help prevent a heart attack or stroke.

  2. Eat well

    A heart-healthy diet is high in fibre and healthy fats and low in saturated and trans fats, sugar and salts. Opt for fresh meals made at home rather than pre-packaged foods.

  3. Minimise stress

    Get plenty of rest, stay connected to activities you enjoy and loved ones, and stay away from stressors. Stressors include people, by the way! You can get professional help if you’re having trouble managing your stress. Stress can have a negative impact on your body by speeding up the ageing process and increasing blood pressure. That should be all the motivation you need to find ways to relax.

  4. Quit smoking

    Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease and lung cancer. It's never too late to stop. Get help if quitting smoking is a difficult task for you. There are so many options out there that could help you, from podcasts to apps.

  5. Find your zen

    Every day, set aside a few minutes to breathe slowly and deeply. Mindfulness and meditation can help you feel more at ease with everything going on in your life. You may notice these benefits in your improved quality of sleep, overall reduced stress, lessened desire to overeat and just a general sense of wellbeing. 



Get a physical exam at least once a year to ensure you haven't developed any conditions that could put you at risk for heart disease, and that any conditions you already have are under control. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


This article is for informational purposes only. Always check with your doctor or medical practitioner about any health concerns, before embarking on any fitness or nutrition programme, and usage of any medication.