Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well so far. I can’t believe that it is already February. Seriously where did January disappear to? But it is here nonetheless. February is a month where we typically think about love. It is also a month when we think about the heart, specifically cardiovascular disease and how to prevent it. This year Heart Month has a much deeper meaning as my dad suffered a heart attack back in October. It is so important to take care of your heart so today I am sharing 5 Ways to Love Your Heart and Prevent Heart Disease.
According to the American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Disease (including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure) is the cause for 1 out of 3 deaths and is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. It is also the leading cause for serious illness and disability. Many Americans have at lease one risk factor and don’t even know it. This is an important issue that affects nearly all of us, myself included. So here are 5 ways that you can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Get moving. Over 50% of Americans do not get the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise. Go for a run or walk, go for a hike, try a workout from home. Every little bit of activity will help.
Eat healthy. It is also important to eat a healthy diet. Excess fat and calories can lead to all kinds of issues from blood pressure to cholesterol to obesity. Be sure to try some of my healthy recipes to get you started.
Maintain a healthy weight. This is one that I struggle with constantly. More than 2/3 of American adults are overweight with 1/3 in the obese category. With this excess weight comes added risk factors. The good news is that every little bit of weight you can lose and keep off will help.
Get checked out. Speaking of risk factors, it is important to know yours. Go to a doctor for a check-up at least once a year. I have PCOS which is a hormonal imbalance that can cause all kinds of issues if not controlled – including weight gain, diabetes and high cholesterol. I know this so I am able to take action to lessen the risks.
Know your history. Along with knowing your risk factors, it is also important to know your family history. My family has a history of obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. So I know what steps I need to be taking to help prevent it from happening to me – including losing some weight, eating right and getting my workouts in.
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