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February is American Heart Month.
From Million Hearts website:
“Many risks for heart disease and stroke—including high blood pressure and high cholesterol—may not have any symptoms. Many of these risks—specifically high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity—are preventable and controllable. Controlling these risks could reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke by more than 80%.”
Learn more about how you can actively prevent heart disease through diet and exercise on the Million Hearts website: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/learn-prevent/index.html
Topics include heart health risk factors, blood pressure tips, and a recipe for Vegetable and Tuna Pasta Salad.
5 Quick Tips for Heart Health
1. Start with activities you love: Things like walking, dancing in your living room, bowling and even cleaning the house can count as exercise as long as you’re getting a little out of breath when you’re doing them.
2. Embrace the power of 10: Ten minutes of walking three times a day has been shown to lower blood pressure more effectively than a longer 30-minute bout of walking.
3. It’s not just about cardio: Strength training (think lifting weights or doing bodyweight exercises like push-ups and lunges) can improve the health of your ticker, too. When you lift weights at a moderate intensity, you get your heart rate up. This means that you’re working both your muscular system and your cardiovascular system.
4. Use exercise to de-stress: While most workouts will pump up your feel-good endorphins, workouts like yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are especially good for de-stressing and improving the mind-body connection. Try ’em!
5. Support your efforts with a healthy diet: Eating a nutritious diet that’s rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats is key to overall health, along with helping to give you the energy you need to power through those workouts and your everyday life.