February is National Heart Month
Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 2:01 pm
For the past 50 years, the American Heart Association promotes heart health awareness during the month of February with National Heart Month. At FreeCoupons.com, we want you to keep the old ticker healthy. Here are some easy ways you can make sure your heart is healthy and happy!
Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Keep an Eye on Your Diet
Your diet is essential in keeping your heart healthy. Diets high in saturated fat, cholesterol or salt will put you at a higher risk for heart disease. Switch to a diet with more fruits and vegetables and lean sources of protein like chicken or fish. If you have a nasty salt habit, try flavoring your food with other herbs and spices for an extra kick of flavor without the sodium content. Some chili powder can add a little kick while herbs like oregano or thyme will take your dish to a whole new level!
Ensuring you’re getting enough exercise is not only a great way to keep your heart healthy, but it’s also a great way to stay fit and in shape! The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a week. You can spread it out to 5 or 6 days a week with 25 to 30 minutes per day. Options include brisk walking, jogging or running. If you have an office job, try taking a walk around the building for 30 minutes during your break. Do you work in a tall building? Try taking the stairs at a fast pact to get your heart rate up and build lower body muscles!
Keep Your Stress Down
Your blood pressure is related to your heart health as well. Try to keep your stress levels down. Make sure you get enough sleep and take time to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. Try doing yoga to keep your stress down and your body active. Mediation is another way to take a few minutes out of the day to get focused and breathe deeply.