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Everyday habits can make a big difference in your ability to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are the worst habits for your heart, let’s avoid them.


Sitting for Hours - Watching TV, playing online games, in front of computer

Sitting for hours on end increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, even if you exercise regularly. The lack of movement may affect blood levels of fats and sugars. Let’s walking around periodically and, if you're at work, standing up to talk on the phone.


Too much salt

The more salt you consume, the higher your blood pressure rises.  Steer clear of packaged junk food, read the labels for sodium content, and stick to the outer portions of the supermarket, which is where the fruits, vegetables, and (unsalted) nuts are. Most of us should keep sodium intake around 2,000 milligrams (equivalent to 1 teaspoon, 5g) a day. If you have high blood pressure or are over 50, cut back to 1,500 milligrams.


Drinking (too much) alcohol

Sure, studies suggest a small amount of alcohol may be good for your heart. Alas, too many over-imbibe. Excess alcohol is linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and heart failure. In addition, the extra calories can lead to weight gain, a threat to heart health. If you drink, stick to no more than two drinks per day for men, and no more than one a day for women. (One drink means a 12-ounce beer or 4-ounce glass of wine).


Smoking or living with a smoker

Smoking is a total disaster for your heart, smoking promotes blood clots, which can block blood flow to the heart, and contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries.



A good night's sleep boosts the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on the heart.  A study on sleep quality found that people who did not get sufficient sleep (slept less than 7 hours) and rose feeling unrested in the morning had a 63% higher risk of CVD than people who had sufficient sleep. It notes that 7 hours is the average sleep duration that "is likely to be sufficient for most people". 



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