February is Heart Awareness Month and here are ten health tips that will keep your heart strong and healthy. “Good heart health is a ‘year round commitment,” Caroline Klinge affirms. “American Heart Month provides a chance to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent it. We suggest Americans participate in community activities planned for February, and use that knowledge to stay healthy throughout the year.”
1. SHAKE MORE THAN YOUR SALT! Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight, good cholesterol and blood pressure. “The Surgeon General recommends moderate-intensity activity for at least 150 minutes per week,” says Klinge. Luckily, some of that exercise can be part of daily activities. Take the stairs instead of an elevator, walk, rake leaves, do housework and take 10 minutes to dance as if no one is watching. Exercise is more fun with friends and family members, so hit the gym or the trails in a group. And remember that people who spend most of the day sitting, are 54 percent more likely to develop heart disease. Stand up, stretch or take a brisk walk.
2. NO IFS ANDS OR BUTTS. Stop smoking and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, smokers who quit can reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by half.
3. SLEEP ON IT. Sleep is good for the heart. According to The National Sleep Foundation, the rule of thumb for adults 18 years and older is seven to nine hours every night.
4. TRY SOMETHING FISHY. Fish that is high in Omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, herring and tuna are essential to a heart healthy diet. Fish oil supplements, especially those containing krill oil, have been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
5. LOL! Laughter really is the best medicine. According to research from the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughing relieves stress that damages the endothelium, the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels and promotes blood flow and healthy blood vessels. Watch a lighthearted movie or sitcom, read a funny book or take in a show at a comedy club.
6. PASS ON THE SALT. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, cutting back on salt intake would make the number of coronary heart disease cases significantly decrease. Try LoSalt as it has 66 percent less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salts but tastes just like regular salt,
7. SAY OMMM! Yoga not only provides exercise that gets heart rates pumping, but the meditative aspects of yoga help reduce stress and build body awareness.
8. MAKE HEART HEALTH A FAMILY AFFAIR. Good heart health begins at home. With childhood obesity a growing concern in America, parents must help kids develop heathy eating and exercise habits.
9. KEEP CALM AND PET YOUR DOG. Puppy love makes for good heart health, says the American Heart Association. A panel of experts concluded that having a pet, particularly a dog, can lower the risk of heart disease. Dog owners get more exercise and additional studies show that the simple act of petting a cat or dog has a calming effect that reduces stress.
10. THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT. Several smart phone providers offer free or very inexpensive apps to keep track of heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels and exercise progress. Several apps offer information on heart health, music, and links to social media sites.
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