5 simple ways to protect your heart this winter

Cold weather can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as flu and colds – it could even make coronavirus more severe.

Iran PressHealth: Staying strong and healthy is more important than ever this winter. Now is a good time to think about your health so that you can enjoy the season. These tips will help keep your heart healthy this winter. 

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1. Manage your heart or circulatory condition:

Your heart needs to work much harder in colder temperatures to keep blood pumping around your body. If your heart health and underlying conditions are well managed, you’re less likely to have problems if you do get a cold as the weather turns colder. An important way to support your heart health is by taking your medication on time. Keeping to a schedule, setting reminders, and getting a repeat prescription can help you to keep on top of your routine.

2. Protect yourself from the flu:

This isn’t a typical year and we all want to protect ourselves and those close to us. Flu can be deadly and is easily spread. You’re more at risk if you have an existing heart condition and are over 65, but there may be other reasons to get it, such as living with a vulnerable person or working in a job where you’re dealing with lots of people.

The NHS flu jab is being offered to more people than ever before this winter, and if you’re not eligible, you can choose to pay for the jab or your employer may be offering it.

3. Fuel your body with tasty, healthy food: 

We know it’s easy to overindulge around Christmas time. We always say it’s all about balance when it comes to your diet, and this is just as true around this time of year.

4. Keep moving:

Being overweight puts a strain on your body, heart, and immune system and may make it less effective at fighting infections. It also puts you more at risk of complications should you catch the coronavirus.

Exercising can be harder in the winter as the dark evenings and rainy weather can make us feel less motivated. However, there are lots of activities you can do indoors instead.  

5. Look after your mental health:

Shorter days, darker nights, and more time indoors can make us feel low. The lack of sunlight also means that many of us aren’t getting the right amount of Vitamin D, which can also contribute to low mood. It’s recommended that we all consider taking a 10 microgram Vitamin D supplement in autumn and winter. This is even more important if you don’t go outside very much or if you cover most of your skin.

Being active and keeping in touch with friends and family can help improve your mood. Many people also find practicing mindfulness or meditation useful - why not try putting 10 minutes a day in your diary?


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