This February, focus on your heart health as well as your relationship health! In order to support your heart and reduce the risk of heart disease, make sure to eat a healthy diet, exercise consistently, and manage stress.
- Healthy Diet- In order to help your heart, diet is one of the keys! Look at the colors on your plate and make sure you’ve got a rainbow. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables! Minimize the amount of processed foods and added sugars as well as salts. Limit the amount of alcohol being consumed. Here are heart healthy food suggestions for your shopping list from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
- Move it- Exercise consistently to support your heart’s health. The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise at least 150 minutes per week for moderate exercise for 75 minutes per week for vigorous physical activity. Go for a 20-30 minute walk or run! Bike through the woods or a new trail. Check out this Cold FAid blog to explore more about the benefits of physical exercise!
- Control Stress- Stressful situations can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Meditation and relaxation techniques can help with managing stress. This video from the National Health Institute focuses on ways to reduce stress. Additionally, talking to a professional counselor or therapist is also important. Exercising consistently, engaging in stress management programs, or talking with your support groups such as family, friends, and community organizations are other ways to aid with stress.
We, at Cold FAid, hope you stay heart healthy this Valentine’s Day!