In your first 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate goes down. By now every smoker knows the habit is unhealthy, but there’s more to quitting than frightening statistics. There are many benefits to smoke-free living, and you don’t have to wait a year to experience them — they begin immediately. Here’s a timeline of how your life improves.
A lot of calories may come from what you drink. Some beverages offer nutrient benefits and others don’t. Understanding the good and bad points of what you drink is as important as doing the same for what you eat.
Most people with cardiovascular disease are taking doctor-prescribed medications. Those drugs cannot work as expected if they are not taken as directed. Medication adherence (taking medicines as prescribed) is important to effectively manage a condition. Here are some tips for doing that.
Getting enough physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health and it’s important to be sure that when you exercise, you’re doing it safely. Learn three ways to do just that.
One in three American adults has high blood pressure. That’s about 80 million people, so odds are that you or someone you know has it.
Any physical activity that uses the big muscles of your body burns some calories. Doing finger calisthenics with your remote not so much. Here's a quick list of ways to burn 100 calories.
Added sugars are not the friend of a heart healthy diet. Although they are not harmful to the body, our bodies don’t need sugars to function properly.
High levels of HDL cholesterol — at least 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women — appear to reduce heart disease. That’s why it’s often referred to as "good" cholesterol.
The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity every day. But less than 30 percent of children meet that goal.
If you have diabetes, you know the importance of a healthy diet in managing the disease. Making healthy choices in what you eat is essential, but sometimes it’s hard to be sure if you’re eating the right foods. Choose foods that are low in saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugars. This list can help you decide what you should eat and what you should limit.
It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. It is a soft, fat-like substance that your body produces naturally. It helps make new cells, some hormones and substances that help digest foods. Cholesterol is part of a healthy body. But having too much of it in your blood can be a problem. Too much cholesterol contributes to a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.
Morning, afternoon, evening—when do you think is the best time of day to work out? Some people wouldn’t think of giving up their 6 a.m. jog because it gets their day going. Others swear by a long walk after dinner to relieve the stress of the day. Which is best?