How to Get Your Heart Back on Track After Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving often means a departure from our regular eating habits and an indulgence in richer, more decadent foods. While enjoying the holiday is important, it's equally crucial to refocus on heart health in the aftermath. Here's a practical guide to get your heart back on track after that delicious Thanksgiving feast.

Get Moving

Get Moving
Post-Thanksgiving, make it a point to incorporate regular physical activity into your routine, whether it’s a brisk walk, a bike ride around the block, a yoga session or a hike in the woods. Moving your body is vital for heart health so aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association.

Hydrate Wisely
Water is your heart’s best friend. It helps the heart easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles, which helps the muscles work efficiently. Ditch the sodas and alcohol for water and herbal teas to keep yourself well-hydrated and flush out toxins.

Watch Your Portions
Overeating is easy during the holidays, but now’s the time to scale back. Listen to your hunger cues, eat slowly, and serve yourself smaller portions to avoid overwhelming your heart with high-fat, high-calorie meals.

Focus on Fiber
Fiber is a heart hero. It helps manage blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, and keeps your digestive system running smoothly, reducing the risk of heart disease. Incorporate high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes into your meals.

Sleep Well
Ensure you're getting plenty of sleep. Poor sleep can lead to higher risks of heart disease, so aim for 7-9 hours per night. A regular sleep pattern helps regulate stress hormones and keeps your nervous system healthy.

Manage Stress
The holidays can be stressful, which isn’t good for your heart. Find stress-reducing techniques that work for you, like meditation, reading or spending time with loved ones, and make them a regular part of your life.

Wear Compression Socks
Finally, consider supporting your heart health with a pair of Wellow compression socks. The gentle, just-right pressure they provide encourages better blood circulation—a welcome aid after the sedentary holiday season or during extended travel periods. A 2018 study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, found that compression garments can significantly improve blood flow and cardiac function, offering an advantage for those who find themselves inactive or on long haul flights. By integrating Wellow compression socks into your post-holiday routine, you’re not just treating your feet, but also giving your heart health a proactive boost.

Remember, getting your heart back on track after Thanksgiving is about making conscious choices that add up to a healthier lifestyle. Every step counts, so be patient with yourself and stay consistent. Your heart will thank you for it.

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