During this month that is often times associated with love, we wanted to keep the love flowing and pumping in all the right places. This means taking care of your heart. Are you taking the steps for keeping your heart healthy? Let us help with these daily tips to give your heart the love it deserves.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. There are steps you can take to help lower your risk or prevent heart disease.
Eat Healthy- This is a common cure for many diseases and ailments, but very important for overall health. It is important to have a balanced diet filled with wholesome foods.
Get Active- Go outside, take walks, hit the gym or do whatever activity it is to keep your body looking and feeling good. Exercise not only helps you look good on the outside, but keeps you feeling good on the inside, as well. Remember that every time you are active you are doing good things for your body.
Stay at a healthy weight- Applying the above tips will help keep your body at a healthy weight, keeping your heart healthy along the way.
Manage your stress levels- stress can be a huge factor to many health problems, but is hard on your heart. Recognizing you may be stressed, what is causing that stress and managing it is important for a healthy heart and lifestyle.
Quit smoking- Smoking doesn’t have any health benefits and this includes being hard on your heart. Quit smoking and stay away from second hand smoke. Your heart will thank you by lowering your risk for heart disease.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure- Knowing and controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure is an important factor for being heart healthy.
Know your risk- Everyone is at risk, but if you aren’t following the above steps, your risk may be greater for heart disease. Your may also be at a greater risk if you are a woman older than 55 or a man over the age of 45. Family history could also put you at risk if your father, mother, brother or sister had heart disease.
The good news is, there are plenty of simple steps you can do to take control of keeping your heart healthy and reducing your risk for heart disease.