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Heart Health Tips for The Homebound

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It’s important for everyone both young and elderly to take note of some simple tips and ideas to keep heart healthy. You or a loved one may be homebound for a variety of reasons, perhaps none even associated with heart issues, but keeping a heart healthy attitude can help make every day a gift!

Keep your heart healthy for it holds priceless moments.

Heart Healthy Tips

  • Exercise – while you may be homebound that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise or move at all. With the proper guidance & physician’s approval you should take part is some form of activity that gets your blood pumping through your veins; ask you physician for a curriculum to follow with a professional caregiver or physical therapist that can come to your home.
  • Laughter – who doesn’t like a good laugh and there’s proof that laughter truly is the best medicine (well maybe not “the best” but it ranks as one of the best!). Laughter produces so many positive reactions in your body that I could write an entire article on just the benefits of laughter but; believe me when I say that laughter helps get your body moving and your heart pumping… so make sure you laugh EVERY day!
  • Eat a low sodium diet – Because homebound patients often utilize easy to prepare, packaged foods they often take in large quantities of hidden sodium. Your recommended daily sodium intake should be 1,500 to 2,300 mg per day, which comes out to be about 1 teaspoon of salt. Having a caregiver who can prepare fresh food meals for you can help reduce the amount of hidden sodium and I guarantee taste much better than all those pre-packaged foods!
  • De-Stress – Being homebound can create a lot of mental stress! Hiring an in home caregiver to help you remember things can help reduce your stress and stress reduction is known to help lower your heart risk. No more worrying about getting to appointments, remembering if you took your medications, not feeling like getting a meal together, and so on… professionally trained caregivers come right to your Baltimore home (or other areas Caring Connections serve in) and take care of a lots of things that can be stressing you out!
  • Take Up Dancing – As long as you can sit or lie down then you can learn Range of Motion Dancing. This is an amazing type of movement that is conducive to just about any ability or disability while allowing you to move your body parts by using a combination of Tai Chi movements and music. Many physical therapists are utilizing ROM dancing to help those who have minimal range of motion; so, with very closely guided assistance you can begin relaxing your mind while moving your body to soothing music and sounds.

The most important piece of advice ever given regarding heart is this:

“Wherever you go… go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

 


 

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