February not only belongs to the lovable and charming Valentine’s Day, but also American Heart Month. Unfortunately, heart disease claims the lives of approximately 2,300 Americans every day. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US, according to the American Heart Association. But the good news is – heart disease is preventable!
I teamed up with Kroger to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
I’m sharing my top 10 Tips for a Healthy Heart because by taking the necessary action and enhancing your basic knowledge of the heart, you are taking the crucial steps to physically strengthen one of your most important muscles.
So how do you become heart healthy? Let’s take a look!
10 Tips for a Healthy Heart
1. Eat a healthy diet – A diet rich in omega 3’s found in foods like walnuts, salmon, flax seeds, coats the body with heart healthy nutrition. Keep your diet diversified and nutrient dense! Try my favorite Heart Healthy Salad and my favorite way to cook salmon!
2. Exercise regularly – Cardiovascular workouts can be fun and unconventional. Take a brisk walk, jog or even try a kettle bell workout to blast fat! If you’re not accustomed to working out, consult with a fitness expert like a professionally certified personal trainer.
3. Monitor your blood pressure – Plaque buildup can be sneaky so stay ahead of the game. You can visit your doctor for regular check up’s, but even easier is to give your blood pressure a quick check anytime you visit your local Kroger family store.
4. Keep your lipid profile in check – Your total cholesterol level should be under 200 mg/dl. Cholesterol is a fatty substance carried in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to be healthy, but an imbalance of cholesterol in your blood can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Visit Kroger during the month of February to get a FREE cholesterol screening. It’s so easy! Just fill out a short questionnaire, get a painless finger prick and you’ll have your results in less than 5 minutes. Call (877) 444-9689 or visit your local Kroger family store.
5. Put out the buds for good – Quit smoking! Cigarette smoking significantly increases your risk for heart disease.
6. Limit your alcohol consumption!
7. Manage your stress – Managing your stress doesn’t mean 12 hours of daily yoga and meditation. Taking 10 minutes a day to focus on yourself and your breathing can do the trick.
8. Take your medicine – If you have already been prescribed medication for a heart condition then take your medication as instructed. Use a pill planner to stay organized. Prearrange the delivery of your prescriptions in order to prevent running out of your medication.
9. Manage your diabetes – Closely monitor your blood sugar levels.
10. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight – Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of heart disease and other health problems. It can help to know your body mass index and waist measurements and what these mean.
Through some simple lifestyle and nutrition changes, you can be a victor not a victim in the battle against heart disease!
Something to think about….
Have you ever had your cholesterol checked? Now’s the time!! Be sure to visit Kroger during the month of February to get a FREE cholesterol screening. My local Kroger offers cholesterol screenings all year, but to celebrate Heart Month, it’s free till the 28th.