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.
- Count Sheep: Getting at least seven hours of sleep every night helps restore the body and lessens the calcium build up in your arteries.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.