The American Heart Association recommends a healthy diet and lifestyle to fight cardiovascular disease. To be successful, it is important to make healthy food choices and exercise regularly. Also, meal planning is essential to help you use up at least as many calories as you take in.
Here’s some steps to help you fight cardiovascular disease and keep your calories in check:
• Step 1 – Know how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Keep in mind that you may need fewer or more calories depending on factors, such as age, gender, and level of physical activity.
• Step 2 – If you are trying not to gain weight, don’t eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day. Make sure you are tracking your food and exercise throughout your day.
• Step 3 – Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in. Again, tracking your food and exercise will help you visualize and stay on track.
• Step 4 – Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (brisk walking, swimming or mowing the lawn) or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity (running, cycling, dancing) or an equal combination of both each week.
Keep in mind, regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you reach physical and cardiovascular fitness. Remember to plan healthy meals throughout your weight loss journey as well as tracking both food and exercise. If you follow these simple steps, you will improve your cardiovascular and calorie intake which is needed for a healthy lifestyle.