Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Heart Health Month

Did you know that February is Heart Health Month?

Cardio Recommendations

20 minutes of walking a day can lower the risk of a heart attack and stroke
  • Tips: Park farther away
  • Choose the stairs over the escalator

150 minutes of exercise per week
  • Trouble keeping track?  Just try to move more! Get up from your desk/couch and just walk around the room every once in a while

Heart Healthy Nutrition

Cholesterol: Adding more fiber to the diet can help naturally lower your body’s cholesterol levels
Squash is a great winter vegetable that is high in fiber

“Eat the rainbow”: When choosing fruits and vegetables try and get multiple colors. Different colored vegetables contain different nutrients, the more variety the better!

Heart Health and Wellness

Sleep: Recommended that you get 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Tips for a better night time routine: Set an alarm to go to bed, lowered the brightness on your phone/tablet, turn your phone on “Do not Disturb” so notifications don’t wake you
  • Stress: Lowering your stress helps lower blood pressure, boost your motivation, and help you sleep
  • Things to try: Positive self-talk, meditation. Count to 10 before reacting. Take a break by reading a book, drawing/coloring, exercise, or listening to music.  

Talk to your doctor!
  • About old concerns, new concerns, or more tips on how to keep you and your heart healthy!

Source: American Heart Association

Blog post by Erin Womboldt.

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