LOOK AFTER YOUR HEART...
30 minutes’ exercise a day keeps your heart healthy …
The best way of maintaining a healthy weight – and reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure - is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise.
That means around 30 minutes of physical exercise on five or more days a week – things like: fast walking, riding a bike, mowing the lawn, hiking and much more.
Regular exercise makes your heart and blood circulatory system more efficient, lowers your cholesterol level, and keeps your blood pressure at a healthy level.
If you're doing no exercise now, start out slow. Even 10 minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Studies show that people who have achieved even a moderate level of fitness are much less likely to die early than those with a low fitness level.
There's lots of information about building up and maintaining your fitness on the “live well” pages at NHS Choices.
Let you smartphone do the talking...
There are lots of helpful tools you can download to your smartphones to help with changing your lifestyle, including apps to:
- check your dialy calorie intake
- calculate and track your BMI and healthy weight
- help you to get fit with the couch to 5k running plan
- achieve a healthy weight with the help of MyFitnessPal
- help you lose weight
- encourage you to build strength and flexability
- assess your fitness
- check if you're at risk from Type 2 Diabetes
- help to manage the daily routine of logging levels such as blood glucose, carbohydrates and calories with the diabetes tracker
- manage stress
- help you keep a drinks diary and get feedback on your drinking
- go smoke free
MECC Link provides clear signposting to local and national services on a full range of health and wellbeing related topics. If you're a health or social care professional you can find out more about MECC Link, which is part of Making Every Contact Count, on our professionals page.
Have a look at the NHS Choices health apps library to find more safe and tested apps that will help you manage your health.
You may also want to look at ORCHA, a company that works with healthcare providers and specialises in health app evaluation. Their database has links to thousands of health apps, which you can search either by category or keyword.