Today is a day filled with cupids, arrows and love, so I would like to take a moment to talk about issues of the heart - literally. It is Heart Health Month after all.
Since heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., let's talk some about preventative measures we all can take to show some love to our hearts.
- Smoking doubles your chance of developing heart disease. Quitting right now will significantly reduce your chances of having a heart attack.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. Your heart is a muscle and it likes to be worked and challenged. This will make it stronger.
- Eat less cholesterol and saturated fats. Read labels to help avoid foods high in these two artery clogging substances. Eating more lean meats, as opposed to fatty meats like hamburger, is an easy way to do this.
- Learn how to deal with stress, or rather how to relieve it. Stress wreaks havoc on your body and the hormones that regulate how your body processes fat. Exercise and meditation are great ways to do this.
So how do you take care of your heart?