As crazy as it may sound…your heart may actually be older than the rest of your body. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has discovered that more than 40% of Americans have hearts that are at least five years older than they are. This puts us all at a huge risk for heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. The good news is that it IS possible lower the age of your heart.
If you quit smoking, you’ll reduce your heart age by as much as 15 years.
Lowering your blood pressure to 120/80 can reduce the age of your heart by as much as 23 years.
Accomplishing goals like those mentioned above won't happen overnight…and they certainly aren’t easy to achieve. If you take it one step at a time, you’d be surprised how simple it really is. Just pick one goal to work on at a time, and start small.
If you’re trying to increase activity, try incorporating a 15 minute walk into your lunch break or do a set of sit-ups during a commercial break when watching TV.
If you want to improve your diet, start with focusing on one meal each day. Replace a pasta side dish with a healthy salad. Skip your morning bagel and fill up with a hearty bowl of oatmeal, or if you're in a rush grab a Greek yogurt instead.