February is National Heart Health Month

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women? Heart disease is a factor in one in every four deaths. That is an astounding statistic, right? And it’s one that we don’t want you to be a part of. So, in honor of National Heart Health Month, we’re sharing some heart healthy tips that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

 

Wash your hands regularly and avoid contact with sick folks.

Illnesses like the flu or pneumonia can be really hard on your heart, weakening its strength for years after recovery. Avoid the germs that cause common sickness by washing your hands regularly, getting enough sleep, and staying clear of sniffly, coughing people around you.

 

Start a meditation routine.

Calm and quiet are good for the ol’ ticker, especially when that calm and quiet is focused around positivity and deep breathing. Those deep, thoughtful breaths can help slow your heart rate, and give your heart a little break.

 

Add more fish to your diet.

There are several types of fish that give our hearts the omega-3 fats that are so good for us. Swap out higher fat proteins with lean fish about twice a week as part of your heart healthy diet.

 

Get your steps in.

It doesn’t take much exercise to get your heart in a healthier state. Think simple, like adding a few walks to your routine each week. Try taking the stairs. Suggest walking meetings, instead of sitting around the boardroom table. Stand at your desk instead of sitting.

 

Cut out alcohol and cigarettes.

Alcohol and cigarettes are two vices that can seriously mess with your heart health. If you’re at all serious about not being one of the 1 in 4 who will die of heart disease, then cigarettes and alcohol have to go. If that’s not an option, then cutting back is better than nothing!

 

Replace one high calorie, salty snack with a fruit or vegetable each day.

It’s an easy swap, and once you start making the commitment, it will get easier and easier to make the right choices throughout the entire week. Keep fruits, veggies and nuts around so that when hunger strikes, you’re prepared to choose what’s right for your hard-working heart.

 

Find healthy ways to manage your stress.

We all handle stress in different ways. How do you typically deal with it? Do you reach for chocolate? Do you call a friend for happy hour? Chain smoke? Break those old habits and replace them with new, healthy stress-relieving habits like meditation, working out, talking it out with a friend, or cuddling your dog. We find that cuddling your dog really works well.

 

Cut back on sodium intake.

Salt can be your heart’s worst enemy, which can be really tough on foodies who happen to love them some salt. Luckily, there are a lot of delicious low-sodium products and spices out there to help you curb your cravings.

 

Thanks for tuning in again this week to get some expert advice from your favorite trainers at Pinnacle Fitness Club. We hope you’re taking care of your heart and passing these tips along to someone you love and care about. Happy Heart Health Month everyone!