February is American Heart month and the perfect time to start taking better care of the most important organ in our bodies! Happy and Healthy hearts are important and we have some great tips to apply not only during Heart Health month but every month since the health of our heart is one of the most influential factors to our overall health.
The leading risk factor in Heart Disease is inactivity so checking out How Does Exercise Affect Your Heart from Active.com gives us some great tips for getting the cardio flow going. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and lowering stress levels can all naturally decrease blood pressure so lifestyle changes may be necessary to protect your heart.
Yoga, according to the American Heart Association, can increase circulation, help cope with stress, and increase lung capacity. M. Mala Cunningham PhD even states that “hand in hand with leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, it really is possible for a yoga-based model to help prevent or reverse heart disease.”
Integrating heart healthy practices into your everyday routines is a good way to focus on heart health: daily walks, taking the stairs instead of elevator, and taking that parking spot farthest from the entrance. You can make keeping track of your exercise more interesting – like the calorie counter from Pro Health. This counter has over 100 physical activities and is in a fun and easy to use format.
Need a boost to jumpstart your exercise routine? The American Heart Association has 5 simple heart-healthy energy boosters to boost you into a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The second leading cause of Heart Disease is obesity and poor diet. The American Heart Association suggests cutting fat and salt to be a key factor in lowering blood pressure and keeping the heart healthy. Set healthy eating goals that are possible to reach; remember Rome wasn’t built in a day! Diets can be stressful so work on slowly integrating better foods and eating habits into your daily living. Look for the Heart-Check mark when grocery shopping; these foods must be certified to meet the national standards for a heart-healthy diet. Get some inspiration from WebMD’s list of 25 Top Heart Healthy Foods.
Just like with Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer®, Prevention is the best cure when it comes to heart health. Check out these heart-healthy screens to reassure yourself and loved ones that everything is in tip top shape. Preventive measures and managing your risks all contribute to improving your heart health. Find out what your risk factors are at any age and demographic with the CDC’s heart disease facts.
Reduce your stress! We know this is easier said than done but eating healthy foods, increasing exercise, practicing yoga and learning how to deal with stress are all very important steps to a happy and healthy heart which means a happy and healthy YOU!
How are you getting into Heart Healthy Living? Share your tips!