Healthy Heart Tip: Add time to your ticker
With the days drawing in and temperatures dropping, you might be tempted to snuggle under the duvet for an extra hour in bed, but evidence suggests that early birds may be ahead of the game when it comes to keeping their hearts healthy.
Compared to night owls, those who are up with the lark tend to clock up more healthy choices into their day, being more active and eating regular healthy meals. So when the clocks turn back on Saturday night don’t waste your extra hour in a state of slumber, use it to kick start some heart healthy habits and turn over a new leaf this autumn.
Things to do in 60 minutes …
- Glean your screen time
It’s easy to let time slip by watching TV or scrolling through social network sites but this can add an energy slump to your day. Claim your energy back with some home workouts. Turn your web surfing into app based workouts, sofa slumbers into sofa dips or hoola hoop your way through the latest TV drama. Sit less, move more.
- Be inspired by the season
The beautiful colder season offers you an array of opportunity to look after your heart in the great outdoors. Take a camera and venture out for some woodland walks. Explore new heights by heading to one of our great National Parks. If you have a little tribe in tow, now is a good time to make an autumnal collage, pick some blackberries or dig up pumpkins- have some fun and keep those little hearts beating and happy.
- Plant the seeds
Growing your own fresh produce is a wholesome hobby for your heart and mind and a satisfying way to enjoy your 5-a-day. Cranberry plants can be grown in containers right throughout the year. Traditional carrots, peas and broad beans are pretty hardy too. Take the challenge and see what home grown produce you can fill your freezer with for winter.
- Reach for the ‘Fakeaway’
Be adventurous and experiment with new ingredients and recipes. Make a little extra and reuse those takeaway cartons to stock up your freezer with healthy convenience foods when you’re pushed for time. For a healthy and colourful alternative to meat in curries, try some pulses, chick peas, lentils and beans. Ditch the salt and spice it up with colourful paprika, turmeric or cinnamon.
Whatever you get up to during the colder months, try to use your extra hour on the clock wisely and put your own ticker first.