ActiveYou: Heart-healthy tips from ActiveHealth Managementposted by Brent Brown on February 13, 2019
February is heart month!
Do you want to keep your heart healthy but don’t know how to start? Keep it easy with these guidelines from ActiveHealth! A stronger, healthier heart is on the way!
Choose a healthy lifestyle
Put your health first. Eat well, exercise often and drink lots of water. Every small change adds up.
Get regular checkups
Your health care provider may run tests to measure your blood pressure and cholesterol. Along with lifestyle changes, they may also recommend medicine to keep it all in check.
Say farewell to unhealthy fats
Avoid foods high in saturated fat and trans fat. We’re looking at you, ice cream and cake! Seek out the healthier, unsaturated fats in avocados and nuts.
If you smoke, quit
Smoking can increase your risk of heart disease. It’s time to quit. Ask your health care provider, friends, and family for help. You’re not alone. You can do this.
Did you know? Walking is a great way to keep your heart healthy!
Physical activity, like walking, increases your:
- Heart rate
- Strengthens your heart, and
- Increases blood circulation through your body.
This can bring more oxygen and nutrients to your organs.
- Increases your lungs’ ability to take in oxygen
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps to reduce body fat, and
- Improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Stay motivated by walking with family, friends or coworkers. Be sure to check with your health care provider before you begin any new exercise routine.