FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL HEART MONTH!
February is generally known as being the month of celebrating love and observing Valentine’s Day. But what about celebrating love for your heart?
That’s right! Our heart does so much for us, the least we can do is give our own heart a little love in return. Besides Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month and it is a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to long-term heart health.
WHY WE HEART OUR HEART
Our heart keeps us alive. It works as a pump, which moves the blood through our entire body and sends life-giving oxygen, cells and nutrients that are essential for our survival.
Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Sadly, it is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives each year. Fortunately, heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. What are some recommended healthy lifestyle changes you can make? Take a look at the following 5 tips.
5 HEART HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TIPS
#1: SEE YOUR DOCTOR REGULARLY
Building a good and long-term relationship with your doctor and health care team is important even when you don’t feel sick. Doing so can help you establish a detailed and accurate health history and it makes a good opportunity to set health goals for improving not only your heart health but your overall health in general. So, don’t pass up on those regular check-ups!
#2: EXERCISE FOR YOUR HEART
Our heart doesn’t need much to be happy. In fact, you can keep it as simple as incorporating 15 minute walks at least three times a week. If you enjoy that and feel like challenging yourself a bit, increase your time to 30 minutes. You don’t have to exercise at crazy levels of intensity to reap the benefits and really, small changes go a long way.
#3: EAT HEART HEALTHY FOODS
You are what you eat and the same is true when it comes to your heart health. There are many foods that are especially great for heart health because they contain critical vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber and healthy fats, all which help protect the heart. Some of the foods you can add to your diets include: salmon, oatmeal, nuts, brown rice, green vegetables, berries and avocado (to name a few).
#4: MANAGE YOUR STRESS
It is no secret that stress is bad for the heart but, there are so many things you can do to help manage stress and keep your heart happy and healthy. For instance, engaging in outdoor activities is always a great stress reliever. Getting sunshine and fresh air does amazing things for the body! Better yet, plan those outdoor activities with good friends and loved ones. Our hearts are a foundation of our emotions; we feel love, connection and intimacy with our hearts. Get out there, get moving, laugh, smile and play! Doing so can significantly reduce stress hormones and lower blood pressure which are beneficial to your heart.
#5: SLEEP IS IMPORTANT
Studies have shown that not getting sufficient sleep is damaging to the heart and can increase the risk for heart disease. Our bodies work hard to carry out day to day functions, keep us strong and healthy and survive and it deserves to rest to get the necessary strength to do it all over again the next day. It is recommended to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Are you getting enough sleep to keep your heart healthy?
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-The GoFresh Team