Dr. Altaf Pirmohamed, site director of cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine
Make time to exercise.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not a runner. Now, I find it to be the only time I can unplug and be alone, and it gets me out of my apartment. I try to run along the Hudson River most days for 30 minutes, rain or shine, heat wave or “Snowmageddon”!
Though we are all juggling various responsibilities, try to carve out 30 minutes a day for exercise. Go for a socially distant walk or run, Google a free workout video, or exercise with a loved one virtually. Our physical and mental health require movement; a sedentary life is linked to disease.
Follow the Mediterranean diet.
Now that we’re not eating out as much, it’s a great opportunity to try a heart-healthy diet at home. The Mediterranean diet is clinically proven to decrease our risk of developing heart disease. This diet is plant-based, low-carbohydrate, and full of “healthy” fats like nuts and seeds. Focus on eating vegetables cooked in olive oil and natural spices, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats. Limit red meat consumption and find protein from fish, chicken breasts, eggs, and beans instead.
My favorite meal is roasted salmon, green vegetables, and sweet potatoes – all cooked in just olive oil, pepper and garlic.