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Easy Everyday Habits That Can Keep Your Heart Healthy

While most people know that healthy behaviors are good for overall health, it sometimes can be difficult to make the necessary lifestyle changes.

Most people lead busy lives. This is why many find it difficult to fit in the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.

Sneak in physical activity

But moderate exercise doesn’t necessarily mean four hours a week on the treadmill. Instead, think of ways in which you can make a little more physical activity a routine part of your day, cardiologist Christine Jellis, MD, says.

Try to tack on a bit more physical activity to something you’re already doing. Every little bit of physical activity adds up, Dr. Jellis says.

“I always say to my patients that even 10 minutes a day of moderate exercise can make a difference,” Dr. Jellis says. “Even seemingly small amounts of activity, such as walking around the block, walking the dog, or parking the car a little bit farther away from your office counts. This way,  you’re making sure your body is getting a bit of regular exercise.”

Other ways to increase your physical activity a little bit every day include:

  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Getting up from your chair every hour at work and taking a short stroll
  • Doing stretches or exercises while you watch TV

Other goods habits

Dr. Jellis says that in addition to getting as much regular exercise as possible, other good habits that can help prevent heart disease include:

  • Eating a healthy diet (limit saturated and trans fats, salt, and processed sugars)
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Avoiding/quitting smoking

If you can turn these healthy behaviors into regular habits, the path to a healthier heart becomes easier, Dr. Jellis says. Preventing conditions such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes is a much more effective way of avoiding heart disease than using medications to treat them once they’ve already begun, she says.

“I think you have to find something that you can integrate with your regular routine,” Dr. Jellis says. “Try to make it something fun that you’re going to enjoy. Before long, it’s simply part of your regular lifestyle and you’re not even thinking about the fact that you started this to optimize your health.”

Not living the healthiest lifestyle? It’s never too late to start, Dr. Jellis says. The effects of healthy living can be felt almost immediately.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/02/everyday-habits-that-help-the-heart/


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Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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