We are now a full week into February and also a full week into Heart Month. Hopefully you have had time this past week to reflect on your heart health. Maybe you were able to analyze some of the risk factors that you see in your life and make goals on how to make changes. This week we'll discuss, in more detail, tips on keeping our hearts healthy.
Tip 1: Know Your Family Health History
Knowing your family health history can help you determine if you have a higher risk for certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease. And, even though you may not be able to change where you came from, you can definitely change your lifestyle and adopt healthier habits. If possible, gather as much information as you can from close family members. To receive more information on this topic click this CDC link. They even have tools for you to keep track of your family health information.
Frequent visits with your doctor will build a stronger, patient-doctor relationship; they get to know you better and your overall health and risk factors. Frequent visits does not mean weekly. Your healthcare provider will help you know when to schedule upcoming appointments and what screening tests are recommended for your age and general health.
Click on this link to be directed to the American Heart Association where they can provide you with more information on discussing your heart health with your doctor.
Tip 3: Exercise
We just can't talk enough about exercise when it comes to heart health. It is recommended that we get 150 minutes of exercise per week. Th benefits of regular exercise may include: lower blood pressure, weight control, strengthening muscles, and improving blood flow.
For maximum benefits, try incorporating the three workouts below:
Tip 4: Eat For Your Heart
The American Heart Association has so many great tips and guidelines, click on their logo below to find tips, recipes and recommendations.
The time to start thinking about Heart Health should begin today.