Easy ways to get healthier, from the inside out

Exercise is a key element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you age. Try going for a bike ride on local trails, walking with friends or canoeing on a nearby lake. Participating in competitive events, like a race, is a great way to stay motivated to train and stay active. Here, runners and walkers ages 5 to 71 take part in the 2014 Run for Roses 5K event during Roseville’s annual Rosefest celebration June 28. (Linda E. Andersen/Review staff)

Heart health should be a year-round consideration for anybody looking to lead a healthy life.

While that may sound like a daunting task, better heart health can be possible with a few steps in the right direction.

Television, stage and screen actor, Tony Danza says he makes his health a top priority, even when facing a busy schedule. Danza, who knows the importance of diet, exercise and “doing good to feel good,” offers his go-to tips for fitting health and wellness into your daily lifestyle:

Turn your daily habits into exercise: Most people know that exercise, in addition to a healthy diet, also plays a key role in bettering your overall health.

However, many people have trouble fitting exercise into their busy schedule or think they have to look to costly private training options to see results.

What most don’t realize is fitting in exercise can be as easy and cost-efficient as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk on your lunch break.

In the evening, going for a brisk walk or quick jog can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen leg muscles, and, best of all, burn extra calories.

Encourage others, like your friends or family, to join you on these mini exercise sessions. Having a support system of people who are looking for ways to be healthier can help provide motivation to keep going on your journey to better health.

Get your fiber up: Fiber is a crucial component to our diet, but most Americans are not getting the recommended daily amount of 25 to 38 grams of fiber, according to the American Dietetic Association.

Many people know that fiber can help promote digestive health, but few know that it can also promote heart health.

Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include seven grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult dose of Metamucil has at least 2.1 grams of this soluble fiber.

Do good; feel good: Overall health and wellness also comes from how you feel about yourself as an individual. Danza makes giving back to the community a regular practice and lists it among his healthy habits.

“Giving back is good for the soul and really warms the heart. You will be amazed to see how much you do for yourself as a person, when you are helping and giving back to others,” Danza says.

There are many ways to work healthy routines into your daily life, he adds.



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