Remembering that February is American Heart Health Month, we must always consider ways to stay on top of our health. Many things, from our daily activities or lack-thereof, to our foods, and even our sleeping patterns effects not only our daily living, but our hearts as well. I know that everyone may not be a “fitness junky,” but that is no excuse to not consider your health on a daily basis. Here are 7 Tips to Maintaining Heart Health:
Physical activities that get your heart rate up such as walking around the block and strenuous house or yard work are all great forms of exercise. Thirty minutes per day of physical activity is the goal. Grab your Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband and test your limits.
Nuts have many heart benefits. They are rich in monounsaturated oils and some even contain omega 3 fats. Try adding a handful of nuts a day to your diet to reap its great benefits.
Stress can lead to hypertension in both men and women. Use whatever helps to reduce stress. Try exercise, meditation or yoga. Personally, music is my vice.
Watch Your Solid Fats
Put a limit on solid fats such as butter and margarine. Harmful fats (saturated and trans fats) are solid at room temperature while healthful fats (monounsaturated fats and omega 3 fats) are liquid at room temperature (like olive oil).
Get Your Sleep
Try to get seven to eight hours of good quality sleep each night. Sleep deprivation or insomnia can be harmful, leaving you at a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. However, be careful to not sleep too much, as this too can be harmful. Monitor how long and well you sleep with the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband.
Reach or Maintain a Healthy Weight
Healthy diet, physical activity, managing stress, and getting adequate sleep will all help you achieve this goal, and ultimately reduce your risk of getting heart disease.
Recognize Early Signs of a Heart Attack
Tightness or discomfort in the chest, neck, arm or stomach which comes on with exertion (either physical or emotional) and goes away with rest may be the first sign of a heart attack. Be sure to keep an eye out for these symptoms, especially if you are less than healthy. If you feel you have encountered this feeling, please contact your physician immediately.