Let’s face it, change is hard.
Most of us have at least an idea of what we’d have to adjust in our lives… or even give up entirely… to get healthy, and stay that way.
And more often than not it requires a whole lot of sacrifice, sweat, and tears. But thankfully that isn’t always the case.
And you’re going to want to keep reading if you…
- DON’T want to have to make a bunch of difficult changes
- DO want a strong as steel heart you can count on
Because there are a couple of studies being presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology you’re going to want to know about.
It turns out there are two ridiculously simple changes you can make starting today that can have a MAJOR impact on your heart health for decades to come.
Both studies crunched data from over 2,000 middle aged folks who also had their arteries checked.
And one of them almost seems too good to be true.
Too much tube time sends heart risk SOARING
The first study involved watching television. But wait, don’t start groaning yet.
Although you might need to cut back a bit on your viewing habits, you’ll still get plenty of time to watch your favorite shows.
Researchers found that people who parked themselves in front of the boob tube for over 21 hours a week were almost TWICE as likely to have dangerous plaque buildup in their arteries than folks watching for seven or less.
And the bad news doesn’t end there. The volunteers who topped 21 hours were 68 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than the seven or less crowd too. Plus, they were 50 percent more likely to have diabetes as well.
Cut back on TV time for better heart health
But let’s be honest. If you’re sitting in front of the TV for more than three hours a day you probably already know it’s too much.
So why not go ahead and commit to cutting back, BEFORE it does serious damage to your health?
And remember, you don’t need to give up TV entirely. Just be more selective about what you choose to watch. If you pick just a few favorites, seven hours will still be plenty of time to fit them in.
And while this wasn’t a study designed to measure cause and effect, all that smoke SHOULD light a fire under YOU to step away from the tube more often.
But that’s not the only way you can improve your heart health.
It turns out doing something I’m betting you’re going to LOVE, could send your heart health soaring.
BIGGER breakfast linked to BETTER heart health
The second study focused on diet.
And what the researchers found won’t have you giving up your favorite foods. Instead, it will have you eating MORE.
Let me explain…
Study participants who ate BIG energy-packed breakfasts had FAR less plaque buildup and stiffness in their arteries. While folks who opted for a light breakfast, or who skipped morning meals altogether didn’t fare nearly as well.
That’s right, you’re being given permission to chow down at breakfast time. In fact, your goal should be to eat at least a fifth of your daily calories in the morning.
Just be sure you’re opting for high-energy, healthy foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, and whole grain cereal like steel cut oats.
And your reward for eating a delicious big breakfast? Possibly much clearer arteries and a much lower risk for heart attack and stroke. Which I’d call a classic win-win situation.
So go ahead and make these two little changes starting now and you could be reaping BIG heart rewards for many years to come.