February is Heart Month!

Each year, February is recognized as Heart Month – and we all know we’d be in big trouble without a healthy ticker! Fortunately, small everyday tweaks can help us boost our heart health easily and effectively.

Eat healthy fats – NOT trans fats.

Get your dietary fats from the source – not from processed foods. Salmon, avocado, eggs, or nuts are great sources of healthy, dietary fats.

Move it!

A ten-minute walk two or three times a day can help you reach your 30-minute recommended exercise goal without taking a big chunk of time out of your day. Walking increases your heart rate, promoting cardiovascular health and helping your body burn more calories. Talk to your physician before beginning any exercise plan.

Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day.

Grab a carrot before dinner or satisfy your sweet tooth with an apple. Fruits and vegetables are great for your whole body, from brain to heart to bowels!

Keep germs at bay.

Wash your hands often to help protect your heart and health. The flu, pneumonia, and other infections can be hard on your heart (and generally miserable to deal with).

Breathe deeply.

Take a few moments throughout the day to breathe slowly and deeply. This practice can help you relax, and may even help lower high blood pressure.

 

This information is not intended to replace the recommendations of your physician.