It’s no coincidence that February is heart health month. To share your heart with others, you need to take care of it. The good news is, it’s never too late to make a change to better overall health. Recent studies confirm that no matter the age or stage of life, a healthier heart is certainly possible.
While heredity can play a part, there are many risk factors that can be managed. Heart disease is highly preventable by treating the body right. Make these seven tips a priority.
1. Get moving. Include 30 minutes or more of exercise almost every day of the week.
2. Quit smoking. It’s never too late and it’s proven that quitting now will deliver immediate improvements in overall health.
3. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables while limiting saturated fats, salt, and foods containing cholesterol, like fatty meats. We’ve shared some recommended recipes on our Pinterest board.
4. Watch your numbers. Get regular check-ups to monitor health conditions that affect the heart, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, and make sure they’re under control with medication if necessary.
5. Reduce alcohol intake. Excess alcohol consumption can worsen health conditions that contribute to heart disease, like blood pressure, arrhythmias, and high cholesterol levels.
6. Keep an eye on the scale. Too many pounds add up to increased heart disease risk. Don’t let the weight creep on.
7. Minimize everyday stress. Stress can compound many heart disease risks that seniors already face. Find healthy outlets to relieve stress and lower your heart disease risk.
Lowering your stress is the perfect reason for listening to too much music, walking the dog too often and laughing with friends too loudly – these activities actually lower the risk of heart disease and make the heart happy!
Remember, to share your heart with others, you must take care of it. Be good to your heart.