New COVID-19 virus strains are sweeping the globe. People with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are easy to be attacked by COVID-19 virus. Experts say COVID-19 will coexist with us for a long time, then good daily habits help a lot for our body health.
- Get a lift. While you brush your teeth, lift one leg. Count to 60. Repeat with the other leg. This little exercise not only improves your balance, essential for preventing falls as you age, but also ensures you brush for the two minutes your dentist recommends.
- Dish the fish. Put fish on the menu at least twice a week. "We know that people who eat several servings of fish each week live longer and have less heart disease than people who don't," says Andersen. Salmon, lake trout, tuna, and flounder strike a good balance between high omega-3 fatty acids and low mercury levels. However, if you're pregnant, limit fish and shellfish to 12 ounces total a week. Avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish, which contain high levels of mercury.
- Ditch the chips. Every week, throw out one processed food -- cookies, crackers, or potato chips, and replace it with an apple, red pepper, or other fruit or vegetable. "Eating a colorful array of fruits and vegetables will lower your blood pressure and help you lose weight," says Holly S. Andersen, MD, a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. These antioxidant-rich foods will also help your body battle disease, she says.
- Cinch an inch. We're all weight-obsessed, but good health is less about what you weigh than about how many inches you can tighten your belt. The fat that sits around your middle is the most dangerous kind. Experts say a waist size of 34.5 inches or less is the target for women, but taking off just an inch or two can reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. To trim your waistline, eat less sugar and increase your physical activity.
- Step up. Health experts say 10,000 steps a day -- roughly five miles -- is the magic number for trimming fat and preventing type 2 diabetes.
Don't have time to walk that far? Adding just 2,000 steps a day can make a big difference. Once you've hit 2,000, add another 2,000 -- and keep on walking. Wear a pedometer while we walk from parking lot to the office. Have a walk after breakfast and dinner.
- Household medical devices. COVID-19 helped us to be a doctor for our own. Digital thermometers, infrared thermometers, blood pressure monitors and pulse oximeters should be kept at home for our own monitoring for our basic physical condition.