February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to focus on taking care of your heart! Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the United States, so it’s important to make your heart health a priority.
Here are five tips for optimal heart health!
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that exercise is good for your heart health. Your heart gets stronger when you’re physically active, which improves its ability to pump blood throughout your body. Exercise also decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack, so we recommend getting between 90 and 180 minutes of exercise each week.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Research shows that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other cardiovascular diseases. Speak with your doctor about what a healthy weight for you is, and then start working to reach it. Click here to learn about how the Better Body System can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight!*
- Eat a healthy diet.
Embracing a well-balanced diet will help improve your heart health. Focus on getting a variety of nutrients from healthy foods, including lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Healthy fats such as polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids (found in Omegas) will also help improve your heart health. Do your best to avoid trans fats, added sugar, and excess sodium, as they will negatively impact your heart health.
- Get enough sleep.
Research shows that getting enough sleep can decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease. Experts recommend getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, so do your best to make it a priority. If you struggle to get enough restful sleep on a regular basis, you can use Dream to enhance the quality of your sleep.*
- Cope with stress in healthy ways.
Chronic stress can increase your blood pressure, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. While you can’t completely avoid stress, you can choose to respond to it in healthy ways. Click here for tips for reducing stress!
We hope you’ll use these tips to work toward optimal heart health. For more ways to transform your life physically, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!
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