Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and is responsible for one in four deaths each year. We can all do our part in taking charge of our heart health and those around us by working together to live a healthier lifestyle. February is heart month so let us try following these tips to help keep our heart ticking longer.
Get up and move!
Getting at least 30 minutes a day of exercise can help strengthen your muscles, especially your heart. You can even break down your goal by exercising for 5, 10, or 15 minutes a few times a day. Taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood is all you need to help keep your heart pumping. You can even make it fun by having your friends or family join you.
Set your limits!
We all know food tastes good and sometimes it is hard to keep to a strict diet but making smart choices will help you become a healthier YOU in the long run and your heart will thank you in return. Cut down on high sodium foods and foods that are high in saturated fats and sugars. Instead reach for more fruits and vegetables. You can even search for lots of easy heart friendly recipes so you can cook delicious foods without giving up the flavors you love!
Find your calm!
High stress is another factor that can cause high blood pressure. Learn to manage your stress by taking up meditation, yoga, or finding quiet time for yourself. Consider relaxing activities like reading a good book or cozying up to your favorite comedy movie or shows. Getting a massage or even a nice acupuncture session will help put your mind at ease and take the stress away.
We’re all in this together!
Although heart month is celebrated in February, we should take the steps needed to take care of our hearts and those around us 365 days of the year. At White Glove, we care about your heart health and so we always encourage our caregivers to make sure their patients are getting their regular check ups and taking all their medications accordingly.
We celebrated Wear Red Day at White Glove to help spread the word and awareness of cardiovascular disease. (You can donate to the cause here >> http://bit.ly/AmericanHeartAssociationDonate ) We hope you all are staying safe and well always. ❤️
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: http://bit.ly/NHBLIHeartMonth
American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/