February is heart health month! We put together a list of ways to love your heart in the month of February. However, ideally, you will use these tips throughout the year to feel better and live longer.
  1. Count Sheep: Getting at least seven hours of sleep every night helps restore the body and lessens the calcium build up in your arteries.
  2. Oppress Stress: Stress is pretty much horrible all-around for health. Stress can lead to weight gain, increased blood pressure and increased risk for anxiety and depression. Take time for yourself to decrease your stress level; your heart, body and mind will thank you.
  3. Eat Clean and Green: Eating a healthy and balanced diet is vital for heart health. Fueling your body with lean protein, whole grains, fruits and lots of vegetables will make your heart happy!
  4. Sit Less, Move More: Physical activity helps to prevent cardiovascular disease and can improve overall health. Any kind of movement is better than nothing. Make a conscious effort to move!
  5. Assess Your Healthiness: Untreated diabetes can result in heart disease and other conditions. A blood test can confirm diabetes and a doctor can help manage a diabetes diagnosis.
  6. Ditch the Cigarettes: The single best thing you can do for your heart is to quit smoking. If you’re ready to quit, use these resources. You can do it!
  7. Treat Yourself: Surround yourself with people who make you happy and do things that you enjoy. Improving your mood and mental health is great for your heart!
  8. Reduce Junk Food: Too much sugar, fat and sodium hurts your heart and overall health. Overeating junk foods raises blood pressure and can clog your arteries. Enjoy unhealthy food in moderation.
  9. Build Muscle: Strength training can lower blood pressure, decrease fat around the heart and improve sleep. Lift to help your most important muscle: your heart!
  10. Progress Not Perfection: Making even small changes in your life for a healthy heart can add up to big changes. Keeping your body and mind healthy will increase the likelihood of living a long, happy life. You deserve it!

For more information or ideas about how to keep your heart healthy, see the American Heart Association.