There are many simple steps you can take to keep your heart in good shape. The Better Health Channel recommends the following 10 steps*:
Quit smoking now
Improve your diet
Maintain your friendships
Eat more fish
Switch to dark chocolate
Limit your alcohol
Avoid salty and high sodium foods
Have a diabetes test
Make fitness fun
*Source: 10 tips for a healthier heart, Better Health Channel
We'd love to help you check off a few of these steps. We've got exercise covered with our many excellent pools, gyms, sports clubs and beautiful parks to take a walk in as well as community groups offering low-cost exercise classes, walking and cycling groups.
Staying physically active, with at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most days, will go a long way to keeping your heart healthy and reducing your risk of heart disease.
You should see your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Find an activity to suit you
We've created a searchable directory to make it easier for you to find a physical activity you might enjoy. Click the 'find physical activities' button below to see what's on offer.
Find more health information
You can use the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel tool below to find quality assured, reliable, up to date and easy to understand health information on heart health.*
*The links in the Better Health Channel tool take you to a website that is managed and authorised by the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia. The site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
Content on the City of Boroondara website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. This information is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional.
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