How To Keep Your Heart Young & Healthy?
Imagine young people getting the most out of life, enjoying more of the warmth of youth, wanting more of the sights of life, meeting people, and learning from them.
All of this while remaining young and healthy. It would be a dream. But it isn’t realistic for many because of lifestyle changes that happen during young adulthood. The heart changes that occur from those lifestyle changes result in health problems.
What is causing health problems?
More of us are living an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with more low-intensity physical activity than high-intensity exercise. We also have an increased rate of obesity in our children.
There are many ways the heart is affected by our unhealthy lifestyle.
- The risk of heart disease is higher in someone with a high BMI (body mass index), around 25 to 30.
- It is a significant indicator because that is the age when the health problems start to start. Someone with a normal BMI has a 70 per cent chance of avoiding heart disease.
- People with high blood pressure and cholesterol levels are also at risk, and these increases will be present during a young person’s heart health changes.
- Diabetes is another risk factor, and it has also increased dramatically in children with the rise of obesity.
Unfortunately, in children, the heart is the last organ to recover from the damage that causes diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
What can we do to reduce the risk of health problems?
The best thing parents can do for their children is to get them exercising regularly.
Every child should be taking part in at least one hour of vigorous exercises, such as high-intensity sports or playing soccer. Children should start when they are six years old. Children do not develop heart problems while living sedentary lifestyles.
Monitoring health and activity
I teach cardiovascular fitness to adults, and I can see the negative impact of regular exercise on their heart health even if they only exercise for 10 minutes per week. With the general health problems that arise during young adulthood, many parents don’t even know if their child has health problems. It may just be that they are doing some of the activities at a healthy level.
Parents should be aware that early detection is essential. Because doctors sometimes don’t know health problems exist until they have been present for five years or more.
Heart disease and diseases associated with a high BMI. Such as type 2 diabetes, increases the chances of getting a heart problem.
It is imperative to monitor health during young adulthood. Because it’s at this time that the heart can start to age, and the effects begin to show. If we know these health problems are coming. It is essential to start learning what is causing them. And it is easy to monitor health through monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.