Heart Health Made SimpleFeb 14, 2022
Hearts are everywhere this month and we're not just talking about Valentine's Day. Did you know February is American Heart Month? A time to shine light on hypertension or high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Taking care of your heart is the ultimate form of self-care. These 4 heart-healthy tips can help you improve your heart health and meet your health goals.
1. Lower salt intake. Eating too much salt can cause extra water to be stored in your body, raising blood pressure and putting strain on your heart. Lower your salt intake by adding flavor to your dishes with spices like basil, cinnamon, cumin or cayenne.
2. Aerobic exercise. Cardiologists recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. Aerobic (or cardio) exercises increase the heart rate and breathing rate to levels that can be sustained for the duration of the exercise. This promotes a healthy heart and has been shown to reduce the chance of developing heart disease. Examples of aerobic exercises are cardio machines, spinning, running, swimming, and rowing. Make daily aerobic exercise a breeze with a home fitness machine.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating a healthier more balanced diet will help you lose excess weight and lower your blood pressure. Studies have found that fruits and vegetables also help your body regulate the negative effects of sodium improving your heart health.
4. Limit unnecessary stress. Being overly stressed can cause your blood pressure to be raised. If this happens often it can have a negative impact on your heart health. Find strategies for lowering unnecessary stress naturally. Exercise, adequate sleep, yoga, meditation and healthy diet are ways that increase endorphins and encourage a centered and happier outlook.
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