Did you know February is American Heart Month? In the United States, heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of fatalities with about 2,200 deaths per day.1 In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country.2
But small lifestyle changes can help keep our hearts healthy. In fact, getting fit doesn’t mean spending hours at the gym or eating bland and boring foods. Getting fit can be fun!
So here are five tips to keep your heart healthy:
- Pick an activity you enjoy that can get your heart rate up. Dancing to your favorite songs, bowling, and even shopping can count as exercise as long as you’re working up a sweat.3
- Ten is your golden number. Do some form of physical activity, such as walking on your lunch break, three times a day for ten minutes to help lower blood pressure.4
- Believe it or not, it’s not all about the cardio. Lifting weights, such as jars of tomato sauce while watching your guilty-pleasure show, can help improve your heart health, too.5
- Take time to de-stress and make exercise your go-to coping activity! Working out pumps up your feel-good endorphins as well as mind-body connections, so now is the time to take up yoga.6
- They say you are what you eat, so make sure your diet is nutritious. Mix up your meals with lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins.7
Making heart-healthy changes in our daily lives is can help reduce our risk of heart disease. If you’re concerned about your heart’s health, be sure to speak with your primary care doctor.
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time during exercise, you should stop immediately.
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