So you’ve committed to make better choices and live a more heart-healthy life. We’re proud of you! Each choice that you make today has the power to bring you closer to that healthy ideal that you’re hoping for. But one place in which we see patients misstep most often is during the long, busy days you spend in the office. It’s easy to control the environment in your home, but what do you do when you’re surrounded by people whose priorities are different than yours?
Here are some tips for keeping up with your heart health journey during the workday.

Invest In A Standing Desk
Studies show that people who spend most of their day sitting behind a desk are at a higher risk for obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Working behind a desk is a common expectation for much of the American workforce, but thanks to updated technology it’s possible to do so from a standing position. Spending more time of your feet allows you to burn more calories during the day, remain in better posture, and leaves some people feeling more energized than when they sit all day.

Pack Your Lunch
As you’re rushing out the door in the morning, often the last thing you want to do is stop by the kitchen to make a healthy lunch. And we all know that the days you forget your lunch are much more likely to be spent mulling over the snack table in the break room. Preparing a lunch at home is a great way to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients that your heart needs to stay fit and healthy while avoiding the ingredients which aren’t. Often, even the leanest seeming meals at a restaurant are cooked in unhealthy oils or include excessive amounts of salt and sugar. Packing your lunch helps you maintain your heart healthy diet and leaves you with extra time for an afternoon walk.

Reconsider That Cup Of Coffee
There are a couple of reasons why you might choose to opt for a different morning drink. First, unless you love the taste of coffee (which many people do), your morning coffee ritual can easily turn into a milk and sugar bonanza. Once you’ve dumped a tablespoon of sugar and a half a cup of creamer into your brew you’re getting much more than the pick-me-up you were looking for.

Even more controversial that coffee creamer is the debate over the inherent health-related issues that may be associated with the regular consumption of the drink. While opinions are split on the subject, it’s clear that caffeine does (at least temporarily) raise your blood pressure. In patients whose hearts are weakened by previous cardiac events, this raised pressure can add to the strain on your heart muscle. A great substitution for coffee is hot tea. You can still enjoy a hot beverage with less caffeine than a similarly sized up of coffee.

Investing in your heart health is a lifestyle change that will reap great benefits in the long run. As you begin to implement some of these healthy tips, feel free to reach out any time with questions or concerns about your cardiac health. Call today and we’ll connect you with a member of our cardiac team.