Fran Brown: 5 Small Changes for Heart Health


September 29th is World Heart Day and the World Heart Federation is asking everybody to make a promise to eat more healthily, get more active and say no to smoking and start living healthier lifestyles. 

Heart disease causes 160,000 deaths a year in the UK and many of these deaths would be prevented through keeping the promises and making some lifestyle changes.
During World Heart Day, local health and fitness expert Fran Brown is calling on people to focus on their health and work together to prevent them becoming another fatality statistic.
  
Most people know someone or have themselves been directly affected by heart disease and the saddest part is a lot of times it is avoidable by changing your habits. Simple changes in diet by reducing your salt intake and eliminating processed foods from your diet and trying to get a couple of hours of exercise a week on top of your normal daily routine can make a huge difference.
  
A healthy diet reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and prevents weight gain which puts pressure on your heart, the introduction of a healthy diet also helps to prevent further worsening of existing heart disease and it’s not too late to start eating healthily.

Fran has come up with 5 small changes for heart health that will help you to take better care of your heart and keep your promise to eat more healthily, get more active and say no to smoking.

Mediterranean diet

A 2013 study showed the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 30% and prevents weight gain which puts pressure on your heart, the diet also helps to prevent further worsening of existing heart disease and it’s NEVER too late to start eating healthily.

Reduce salt

Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Check the salt content of any pre-packaged food you buy.

No processed foods

There are lots of hidden saturated fats, sugars and salts in processed food, fast food, and ready meals. I would strongly advise people to check the content of the ingredients of any food they buy and start cooking from scratch together.

Quit smoking

Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to have heart disease with all the health issues it causes it is the most important thing you can do for your heart.  Join an exercise class, Pilates, Yoga or your local gym.  The heart is the most important muscle and just a small amount of intense exercise will keep it functioning properly. Workouts as little as ten minutes a day can make a huge difference.


Fran Brown is an Entrepreneur living in Berkhamsted who has been in the fitness industry for over 37 years. 
Fran is the creator of ‘The Fran Brown Pilates Method’ and Costa Calida Spanish Holidays (Pilates & Yoga Activity Holidays in Spain) as featured in the Daily Mail.


Source credits:
https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood/pages/what-is-a-mediterranean-diet.aspx
https://heartuk.org.uk/press/press-kit/key-facts-figures

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